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We wish to credit and publicly congratulate the students, teachers, and staff of Potomac Elementary School for their success in making annual yearly progress (AYP). We apologize for a big mistake in the August 19 issue stating that the school had failed to make AYP. We incorrectly used the wrong online source document from the VDOE website. We sincerely regret the error.
The corrected article appears below:
Remaining three schools miss the mark for No Child Left Behind requirements
Potomac Elementary School and King George High School met or exceeded all federal accountability objectives during the 2008-2009 school year.
The two county schools were among 71 percent of Virginia public schools that made high grades, even as student achievement increased on Standards of Learning and other statewide tests in reading, mathematics and other subjects.
It’s good news that King George High School has achieved AYP for the sixth year in a row.
It’s also cause for celebration that Potomac Elementary School made AYP after missing that mark for the previous two years.
Potomac’s success speaks highly of the hard work of Potomac’s students, encouragement of their parents, and particularly of the dedication and perseverance of the school’s teachers and staff.
The King George School Board is expected to get details next week at a meeting on August 26 outlining the complicated achievement data to show how Potomac Elementary and King George High School met adequate yearly progress (AYP) under federal requirements.
Both Potomac Elementary School and King George High School passed all 29 AYP benchmark elements.
The School Board will likely also hear why King George Elementary School, Sealston Elementary School, King George Middle School and the division failed to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) for AYP.
The main focus for the state is for schools to meet benchmarks for proficiency in reading and math.
The latest AYP announcement was made on August 13 by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). At the same time, it posted information on each of the schools and divisions across the state.
Only 525 of the state’s 1,855 public schools failed to achieve AYP, with three of the King George schools included in that count of schools failing to make AYP.
King George Elementary School passed 25 out of the 29 elements.
Sealston Elementary School and King George Middle School passed 27 of the 29 AYP elements.
59 of Virginia’s 132 school divisions made AYP for the current reporting period, compared with 54 last year. The King George school division had made AYP the previous year, but missed it for the current reporting period.
~ STANDARDS GET HIGHER, HARDER TO MEET EACH YEAR Federal accountability standards continue to inch toward requirements for all students in every school to achieve 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics every year.
The 2008-2009 benchmarks for achievement in reading and mathematics were each four points higher than during the previous school year.
The success of 71 percent of Virginia’s 1,855 public schools took place despite the requirement for schools to meet higher benchmarks in reading and mathematics, the two subjects that are the primary focus of the federal law.
For a school, school division or the state to have made AYP, at least 81 percent of students overall and students in all AYP subgroups (white, black, Hispanic, limited English proficient (LEP), students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged) must have demonstrated proficiency on statewide assessments in reading, and 79 percent must have passed state tests in mathematics.
Despite those higher benchmarks, 1,321, or 71 percent, of the state’s 1,855 public schools made AYP by meeting or exceeding all objectives in reading, mathematics and other indicators of academic progress, compared with 74 percent last year.
By Phyllis Cook, Staff Reporter