Vail Academy students score well on test |

Vail Academy students score well on test

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Students at the Vail Academy scored higher than national public school averages on the Stanford Achievement Test.

The students in grades one through eight took the exam, which like the Colorado Student Assessment Program used by public schools, tests students in reading, writing, science and math. It is a standardized test often used by private and parochial schools to monitor student achievement and is also widely used in public schools. More than 283,000 students in grades one through eight took the test in 2007.

The students at the Vail Academy scored better than public school students who took the test in every grade. Compared with other Christian schools who took the Stanford test, Vail Academy students scored better in some grades, about the same in some, and fell a little behind in other grades.

Robert Windel, principal at the Vail Academy, said the teachers are becoming better at analyzing test results to see where they’re doing well and what needs to be improved. Educators don’t often spend enough time digging through test results, which means they’re losing out on a lot of good information, he said.

For instance, Windel saw that students needed help in their spelling skills, so they’ve been working on more spelling exercises in class. Students were especially strong in math and reading.

“We do really use it to improve our academic program,” Windel said.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or

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