Archive for Wednesday, August 13, 2008

District improves AYP mark

August 13, 2008

The Tonganoxie School District remains on the Kansas State Department of Education's list of schools and districts identified for improvement for 2008-09.

However, the district has made adequate yearly progress (AYP) for 2008, according to Tonganoxie Superintendent Richard Erickson.

He said a state official informed him Tuesday that Tonganoxie high, middle and elementary schools all made AYP.

Districts are required to remain on the list for two consecutive school years. If Tonganoxie again makes AYP in 2009, the district no longer will be on the list.

Erickson said he was "very pleased" that all district schools made AYP.

"I just appreciated the great work of our building principals and teachers as they improve scores on the Kansas State Assessments," Erickson said.

According to Alexa Posny, the state's commissioner of education, more than 94 percent of all Kansas schools met or exceeded the reading and mathematics targets, all of which increased by 6 to 9 percent from the previous year.

No Child Left Behind requires Title I schools and districts that do not make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years be identified for improvement. The identification must occur prior to the beginning of the school year so that parents may make informed decisions regarding their children's schools. Each school and district had opportunities to review their state assessment results, attendance and graduation data, make corrections, and file an appeal if they disagreed with the AYP decision. After a school or district has been identified for improvement, it must make AYP for two consecutive years to be off improvement, as is the case for Tonganoxie.

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