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D.C. Virgo Middle School's scores are up

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In tonight's Connect with Kids Report, we revisit a story we brought you back in April. Every year, middle school students are expected to pass their end of grade exams. In the past, D.C. Virgo students came up short. Administrators were determined to change that. For the past six years, D.C. Virgo Middle School has come up short of state expectations in their test scores. To gear up for the test last year, students faced five weeks of smaller classes to focus entirely on test taking. It was sort of a boot camp for their end of grade exams. But, for that to happen, traditional electives like band, chorus, and physical education had to take a back seat. Back in April, some parents were not happy. Back in April, parent Teresa Little-Soles said, "How come this wasn't done from the beginning of the year? School is 180 days and they are telling us it's only 25 days that they are doing this. How can 25 days make or break the situation now if this has been going on for several years at Virgo?" The boot camp style of teaching was also met with some resistance from teachers. School officials say five weeks of intense preparation did pay off. Virgo increased its adequate progress level from 71 percent to 94 percent, meeting federal standards. At the state level, Virgo met high growth with a 14 point increase in its math proficiency level. D.C. Virgo principal Megan Silvey said, "We said, 'no more excuses, we've got to come up with a plan and we have got to go for it.' We stepped out on a limb, we took a risk and it paid off." Since the boot camp turned out to be a success, school officials say their students can be proud of their efforts. "We were successful in so many ways than you can just measure by an end of grade test. Our students are coming up to us this year and asking us if we are doing the boot camp again this year," said Silvey. The answer is yes. Principal Silvey said as long as it helps students perform when it counts, they will keep heading back to boot camp. Planning and preparations are already under way for this year's exam.

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