Jefferson Elementary School and the Manitowoc Public School District did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress in reading for the 2008-09 school year, the Department of Public Instruction announced Tuesday.
The district must meet the AYP target next year, or it will be identified as needing improvement. The preliminary progress reports indicate Jefferson and the entire district did not meet its required 74 percent reading proficiency as required by the No Child Left Behind law.
Students with disabilities did not reach the goal, causing the problem, Superintendent Mark Swanson said.
“I don’t say that as an excuse or an apology,” Swanson said.
Tests are administered in mid-November and the results are released at the end of the school year. The “frustrating” part is the district has two months to work to close the gap before the next round of tests, Swanson said.
The district has to meet the proficiency mark in 17 sub-groups to comply with No Child Left Behind. The district met each category with the exception of students with disabilities.
“We are really drilling the data and pulling it apart … so we can make an analysis of what is working or not,” Director of Pupil Services Dawn LeLou Matte said. (Source: Manitowoc School District, Jefferson Elementary fail progress report – Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter)
Hopefully they can get things turned around.