Schools meeting progress goals

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Frankfort Independent Schools are making adequate yearly progress in meeting goals of the No Child Left Behind mandates while Franklin County Schools fall one goal short of achieving adequate yearly progress.

The Kentucky Department of Education released the results today of a survey showing statewide how schools are meeting several federal annual accountability requirements set forth by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which became law last year.

According to the KDE, "With the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990, Kentucky has adopted and implemented goals that are shared with those of NCLB."

Those include high expectations for all students; rigorous student performance standards; multiple assessments tied to the core content measuring what students know and can do - such as applying higher order thinking skills in reading and mathematics as well as other subject areas.

It also includes school accountability; student and school performance information to parents in the form of school report cards; and a goal of proficiency by the year 2014.

Besides having already implemented CATS, Kentucky also has other required provisions of NCLB, including "rewards and consequences; required school improvement plans; scholastic audits; highly skilled educators assigned to schools in assistance; student data disaggregated by subpopulation; and a unified data collection and reporting system."

Franklin County Public Schools communications coordinator Wayne Dominick said if one of the subgroups doesn't make it then the school is said to not be making adequate yearly progress. The county schools had 16 goals to meet and met 15 of those, and therefore it was determined they hadn't made adequate yearly progress overall.

"It is like taking a pass/fail course, but you have to have a 100 percent to pass," he said. "If you look at the reason behind that, it doesn't mean we are failing, it just means we need to improve and we know that. Obviously, we want to meet all of our goals, so we will use this as a tool to compare to our schools that are making their goals. The goal that was not met for the district was reading performance with students with disabilities. They didn't make as much progress as other students did."

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