J.B. Stephens’ students join academic excellence club

GREENFIELD — J.B. Stephens Elementary School recently announced that 385 of its students have joined the B.U.G.G. (Bringing Up Growth Goals) Club due to meeting or exceeding their personal growth goals after taking the mid-year NWEA (Northwest Education Association) test. The students were tested in the areas of math, reading and language usage. The school also celebrates the members of the High Flyers Club — students who achieved 90 percent or above on the assessment.

The NWEA test, given in more than 7,000 schools nationwide, personalizes individual tests by basing each question on the answer to the previous question. If a child answers a question correctly, the test follows up with a more challenging question. If a child answers incorrectly, the test follows up with an easier question.

The data from the test allows J.B. Stephens principal Matt Davis to track the strengths and weaknesses of individual students, classrooms and entire grade levels.

“Parents love it because their reports are easy to understand, and they can track their child’s progress through the years,” Davis said.