“If a baseball player strikes out, grounds out or pops out seven times out of ten, he’s still the guy you want at the plate at the bottom of the ninth with a tie score and the bases loaded, but with No Child Left Behind (NCLB), if you’re not batting a thousand, you’ve failed,” said Lincoln County School District Director of Academics Pam Hart discussing the results of the recently released standardized test scores for 2009-2010. That being said, five out of the county’s eight schools are still batting a thousand with only the high school, middle school and Waynesburg Elementary failing to make prescribed adequate yearly progress goals (AYP) as prescribed by NCLB.
The statistics generated by the annual Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) on each school can be a little dense, however AYP ultimately comes down to how many students are ranked as proficient or above in reading and math, but there is an added dimension to the scoring. Students are also scored in subgroups based on ethnicity (white, black, Hispanic and Asian), socioeconomic category based on whether they receive free or reduced price meals and whether or not they have a learning disability. Miss one milestone in one subject in one subgroup and a school fails to make AYP.