A small wiregrass school district has received “good news” on recent assessment
scores. Opp City School Superintendent Mike Smithart says it shows the effort being put in by
all the stakeholders, but mainly the students and faculty.

Following virtual learning during the pandemic of 2020 and ’21.
Opp City Schools employed the “i-ready” learning system. With the use of state-of-the-art learning technology, the system concentrates on third-through-eighth-graders.
It essentially identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each student in math and reading. Opp students displayed the seventh-best improvement in the entire country.

I-ready is one of the tools we use, a multi-faceted approach to remediation throughout the pandemic and coming out of it. We showed great gains, especially in math. We were ranked seventh in the nation in grades third through eighth. We are certainly pleased with the teachers and students.”

At opp middle school, these improvements in student scores wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the individual assessments of each student’s academic abilities.

“Diagnosis them using the computer-based program that we have and once we get their diagnosis, then the teachers sit down with the students. They pull out their data folder they’re looking at their strengths and weaknesses.”

In addition to the math assessment, the scores looked good in the reading portion of i-ready
for the district’s nearly 13 hundred students.