Guam - Local students
apparently aren't making the grade when it comes to meeting proficiency in SAT-10
scores. According to deputy superintendent for curriculum and instructional
improvement Joe Sanchez, the island's schools are slowly improving, but not fast
enough to keep up with rising proficiency standards.
He adds although teachers are asked to better align their
instruction with SAT-10 expectations, the test is only one measure. "Another
aspect of it is our criterion reference test that we're developing. That's a
test that's actually designed to measure what's happening in the classroom,"
Sanchez says that meeting proficiency is a problem nationwide as U.S. schools
aren't passing 50% proficiency either. Most recently the nation dropped down to
5% proficiency in math, with Guam at 1%.