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Tamaqua wants to boost reading, math scores

The Tamaqua Area School Board on Tuesday approved the district’s comprehensive plan for 2024-2027, calling for 5% growth in reading and math in each of the years.

Assistant Superintendent Stephen Toth said they’re aiming for 10 to 15% growth in those areas between now and the end of the plan.

The district also set a goal to remove the Additional Targeted Support and Improvement distinction from a subgroup at the high school, specifically special education mathematics.

The scores don’t show growth, but the district believes that the students did attain growth in prior years and wants to work on removing the distinction in the coming cycle, Toth said.

Professional development will focus on literacy from kindergarten through 12 grade, and on more English as a Secondary Language training. The district has significant growth in English Language Learners in recent years, Toth said.