Lincoln elementary students meeting federal testing standards

November 17, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Students in Lincoln County elementaries have shown marked improvements in meeting federal testing standards for the No Child Left Behind, with all seven of the elementaries meeting their target goals.

"It means that all our schools are doing a good job, from goals set by state and federal government," said Thelma Blair, district assessment coordinator with the Lincoln County Board of Education. "They're doing a good job."

After elementary school, however, students and staff found it difficult to reach all of their target goals, with both the middle school and high school coming up short in more than one sub-category.

According to Blair progress has already been made in the pursuit of meeting federal standards.

"We've (the Board of Education) already been discussing that with the high school and middle school," she said.

At the high school level, two sub-levels of goals were not met; goals regarding disability students and graduation rates.


Head principal Ty Howard said that having fallen short in an area did not diminish the accomplishment of the students' remaining scores.

"I feel really good about it, only we have a lot of work to do with that subgroup," said Howard.

Howard said students would be the focus of reform but some changes would be made on a management level to help the school meet federal and state standards.

"I've refocused what I'm doing. I've tried to move management duties to the two assistant principals and I'm spending more time in the classrooms," said Howard. "This target group will be one of our focuses during our next school improvement plan."

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