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School system gets grades from No Child Left Behind

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By The Staff

Grades are a part of the educational process, and the Washington County School System got its own report card recently. Numbers were released on the progress of students across the district through the No Child Left Behind program, which was passed into federal law in 2002, as well as results from an interim performance test.

On a large scale, local students performed well, with both Washington County and North Washington elementary schools achieving adequate yearly progress (AYP) by the standards set forth from the Kentucky Department of Education. The elementary schools scored 12 out of 12 and 10 out of 10 respectively.  The scores differ because not every school has the same number of students in subcategories under the No Child Left Behind program. For example, student progress is measured in subcategories such as African American students, Hispanic students, students who receive free or reduced lunch, and students with disabilities.

North Washington made positive strides, improving reading scores from 70.10 in 2007-08 to 70.86 in 2008-09, while math scores climbed from 58.76 to 62.91.  Both of those scores are well ahead of the school’s goals of 66.53 and 49.67 for the 2008-09 school year. North Washington needs an improvement of just 3 percent in 2009-10 testing to reach its 73.22 goal for reading, and it has already topped the 2009-10 goal of 59.74 in math.

Washington County Elementary also did well, with a 3-percent improvement in reading, from 76.47 in 2007-08 to 79.77 in 2008-09. Both of those numbers are ahead of the 73.64 goal for the 2009-10 school year. The school’s math scores dipped a bit from 78.82 in 2007-08 to 75.14 in 2008-09, but was still well ahead of its goal of 51.53 for that period.

While both elementary schools reached their goals, Washington County Middle and High schools narrowly missed their AYP goals. Each school scored 90 percent, and each missed a goal in the category of students on free and reduced lunch.

See the complete story in the print edition of this week's Springfield Sun!