Districts, schools meet majority of No Child Left Behind goals

November 17, 2003|HERB BROCK

Only one of the area's eight school districts met 100 percent of its overall goals on the No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress report card released today by the Kentucky Department of Education.

The Harrodsburg district met all of its 12 "adequate yearly progress" (AYP) goals overall and achieved a 100 percent in reading and mathematics.

The Boyle County, Burgin, Casey County, Danville, Garrard County, Lincoln County and Mercer County districts all fell short of meeting their overall goals. And only one of those seven districts - Boyle County - received a 100 percent in math or reading; Boyle's 100 percent was in reading.

While Harrodsburg was the only district to receive a 100 percent AYP overall rating, the seven other districts did meet a majority of their overall goals: Boyle, 92.3 percent; Burgin, 85.7 percent; Casey, 84.6 percent; Danville, 80 percent; Garrard, 84.6 percent; Lincoln, 78.6 percent; and Mercer, 76.9 percent.


In addition to the district overall goals, each school in each district also was evaluated based on its own set of goals. The NCLB report shows that 20 of the 40 schools in the eight area districts met 100 percent of their goals: Boyle, three of five schools; Burgin, one of two schools; Casey, five of eight schools; Danville, one of five schools; Garrard, one of five schools; Harrodsburg, two of three schools; Lincoln, seven of nine schools; and Mercer, none of three schools.

The NCLB report is the result of the No Child Left Behind Act, a federal law that went into effect in January 2002. The NCLB looks at many of the same academic performance areas and uses many of the same measurements in assessing those areas as Kentucky's Commonwealth Assessment and Testing System. Those areas include overall student performance standards; district and school expectation levels; knowledge and application of skills in core content courses, especially reading and mathematics; overall school accountability; and a goal of overall academic proficiency in core areas by 2014.

In addition, the NCLB report, like CATS, looks at and assigns percentage scores to various supplementary data about each school and district, including graduation rates, dropout rates, and performance by various subgroups of students based on race and physical and mental abilities.

If a school or district does not make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years, as measured by NCLB standards, it will be considered a "No Child Left Behind Improvement School" and will start facing a number of "consequences," starting with development of an improvement plan and implementation of corrective actions.

Here are the individual report cards on five of the eight area school districts. (See a separate story about the Burgin, Harrodsburg and Mercer County districts):

Boyle County

Boyle Superintendent Pam Rogers said district officials were happy with progress at elementary schools, but knows there are areas in which to improve.

"Although Boyle for several years has ranked among the top 30 school districts in Kentucky, we feel more urgency as a result of the No Child Left Behind report to improve the learning experience for all students," said Rogers. "Based on this most recent data, we know we need to try even harder to meet the needs of students with disabilities, particularly, and to continue our work to assist the other student subgroups, including African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, students with limited English proficiency and students from low-income families.

"Our report, however, indicates we need to develop strategies to strengthen reading performance at the high school and mathematics performance at the middle school for students with disabilities."

Rogers said at the district level, all subpopulations made Adequate Yearly Progress in reading and mathematics with the exception of students with disabilities in mathematics.

"Our district percentage of 6.35 for students with disabilities achieving at or above proficient in mathematics fails to meet the Annual Measurable Objective of 19.57 percent," she said.

The three elementary schools - Junction City, Perryville and Woodlawn - scored a "yes" in both mathematics and reading, resulting in a "yes" for the overall rating. Boyle middle and high schools, however, each scored a no in the overall, with the middle school not achieving the goal in mathematics and the high school failing in reading. Rogers said a big concern is in the area of work with special needs students.

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