October 7, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Seeley-Swan High School students, in eleventh grade testing last year, bested most of the other Class B schools in eight western Montana counties and finished close to the top in comparison with schools of all sizes, including Class AA schools.
The results of Class B rankings are published below from a reproduction of tables first published Sept. 19 in the Missoulian.
Seeley-Swan students finished first and second in four of the five subject matters.
They were first in Language and Social Studies testing and second in Math and Science. And, in Reading they were in a respectable fourth place.
Shawn Holmes, SSHS counselor and coach, said recently that he compiled a ranking of 36 schools, from Class C to Class AA, and Seeley-Swan students were third overall in the three-year average results. Loyola and Polson were the only schools ranking higher.
"That's pretty good," he added.
Holmes said in the past the school has used the tests as an "indicator" where more effort should be applied. That strategy has resulted in reading being moved up 10 percentile points, he said.
The scores are all from the 1997-98 school year and reflect the National Curve Equivalent System used to compare results from three standardized tests used by schools in the state.
A score of 50 or higher indicates work in the top half of students tested nationally.