Climax Springs R-IV School celebrated improvements in its state test scores with an awards assembly Wednesday afternoon.
The number of students scoring proficient on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests rose from 78 in 2008-09 to 112 in 2012-13. Students scoring at the advanced level in those same time periods rose from 15 to 35.
MAP currently tests students in communication arts, math, science and social studies.
The school district's enrollment averages around 225.
The school also awarded students for improvement regardless of where they met the proficient or advanced standard. In 2008-09, 18 students moved up a step in MAP test scores while 30 showed improvement in 2012-13.
The state has been gradually implementing end-of-course assessments (EOCs) over the last few years as well. EOCs standards in subject areas of English 1, English 2, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, US History, Government and Biology are now part of state performance reviews.
Students were excited to receive $50 gift cards for scoring at an advanced level on state tests while students scoring proficient received $25 gift cards. Students moving up a step in scores got a field trip to play laser tag with lunch at McDonalds.
Students also received an entry into a drawing for prizes for each category of testing in which they scored advanced, proficient or moved up a step. Split between elementary and high school, four iPods and six Samsung Galaxy 3s tablets were awarded as well as two XBoxes.