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Back Mountain schools miss mark on state-mandated standards

February 17. 2013 2:19AM
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Dallas High School, Dallas Middle School and Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr. High School were among individual schools in Luzerne County that did not meet state-mandated standards for ‚??Adequate Yearly Progress‚?Ě toward 100 percent student proficiency in math and reading, according to date released by the state this morning.
At the school level, the results are worse: 41 of the 60 schools where the measures are applied missed at least one of the goals and did not made Adequate Yearly Progress.
Four of Luzerne County‚??s 11 school districts did not meet the standards. They are Hanover Area, Hazleton Area, Wilkes-Barre Area and Wyoming Valley West.
The ‚??Adequate Yearly Progress‚?Ě mandate was created by the 2001 law known as ‚??No Child Left Behind.‚?Ě The ultimate goal is to have all students who are tested score proficient or better in standardized math and reading exams by 2014.
The goals must be met by all students in a school and in a grade, though the state has a complex method of measuring results across grades in an effort to compensate for the student migration ‚?? those who enter or leave a class or school during a year.
But the federal law also requires the goals be met by students within certain subgroups that statistically tend to do poorly on standardized tests, particularly special education students, minority students and student from low-income families. Schools can and often do meet the proficiency goals for all students, yet miss AYP because students in a subgroup miss the goal. Locally, results for special education students have frequently been the reason schools missed AYP.
Because the measure is applied to individual schools and to districts, it is possible for districts to meet the goals overall even if a school does not.

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