At South Effingham High School, Mrs. Daphne Sherman’s Honors Spanish class excelled in the National Spanish Examination, the most widely used achievement test of Spanish in the U.S.
The National Spanish Examination is an online, standardized assessment tool given voluntarily by over 3,000 teachers throughout the U.S. to measure proficiency and achievement of students who are studying Spanish. In April, more than 90,000 participated in the 2008 version of the exam.
During the spring semester, Mrs. Sherman’s students were given released time to take online practice tests and tutorials in the media center. As a result, Kim Knight placed second in the state and Kyle Gammon placed fifth in the state on the level one exam. In addition, they both ranked in the upper 95th percentile in the nation.
In the bilingual division, Dhixie Rodriquez placed second in the state and his sister, Liany, placed third. Nationally, they both ranked in the 90th percentile.
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors the exam.