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March 22 2005 Extra Credit
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March 22, 2005

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“Making the Grade”

The following are excerpts from a recent article in The Selma Times-Journal (AL) highlighting two Alabama school districts that have made improvements and met their accountability goals:

“The report cards are in and there is good news for the Selma City and Dallas County School Systems.”

“The report indicates that four Selma City Schools and two Dallas County Schools met their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status for this year, a term describing whether a school met its annual accountability goals based on the No Child Left Behind Act.

“In the City School System, Cedar Park Elementary, Clark Elementary, Meadowview Elementary and Payne Elementary met their goal for state accountability. ‘Most of our schools met or exceeded state standards,’ said City Schools Spokesperson Lynn Henderson. ‘We are pleased with the improvements being made in all subject areas.’

“J.E. Terry Elementary and Shiloh Elementary in the Dallas County School System also met their AYP status for this year.

“The report also indicates that Selma City Schools, with 4,793 students, had an average daily attendance rate of 95 percent. Dallas County Schools have 4,529 students with a 94.9 percent daily average attendance rate.

“Both school systems also have over 80 percent of their students eligible for free or reduced meals, which is 30 percent higher than the state average.”

The complete text of this article is available online.

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