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States’ AYP Progress: "Encouraging," "Pretty Pleased," "Very Good News"

North Dakota, Kentucky and Delaware have recently released their schools’ adequate yearly progress status for 2004-05. The following are excerpted from Associated Press reports:

More North Dakota Schools Meet Performance Standards

"More North Dakota schools are meeting performance standards, and four schools have been taken off a list of programs in need of improvement, state education officials say.

The Department of Public Instruction on Wednesday released reading and math test results from last year of students in grades four, eight and 11.

The results show that 419 of 486 schools, or 86 percent, made adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law. That was up from 407 of 486 schools, or 84 percent, in 2003-04 and 370 of 497 schools, or 74 percent, in 2002-03.

‘This is encouraging,’ state School Superintendent Wayne Sanstead said. ‘Our schools have demonstrated that they can and do meet high standards for performance.’"

Kentucky Releases No Child Left Behind Data

"The state Department of Education released Kentucky's federal education data on Tuesday, and more than 800 schools met their yearly progress goals.

About 74 percent of Kentucky's public schools met their ‘adequate yearly progress goals’ for the 2004-2005 school year, according to data released by the Kentucky Department of Education. The data results are based on results in math and reading from the Kentucky Core Content Tests.

‘Having close to 75 percent of the schools in our state making AYP is very good news,’ Lisa Gross, a department spokeswoman, said."

Delaware Releases School Progress Ratings

"…Figures from the [Delaware] state Department of Education show that 134 of 181 public schools made adequate yearly progress, based on reading, writing and math performance on standardized state tests.

Forty-seven schools failed to make adequate progress, and 38 are rated as ‘under improvement,’ meaning they have failed to make adequate yearly progress, or AYP, for two or more consecutive years.

Under a federal formula, 62 percent of a school's student population, and equal percentages of eight subgroups, must demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing for the school to make AYP. The percentage requirement for language arts increased from 57 percent last year, while the percentage threshold for math proficiency rose from 33 percent to 41 percent….

State education secretary Valerie Woodruff said she was encouraged that 134 schools met AYP despite the higher performance targets.

‘With the targets going up, it seems to me we ought to be pretty pleased with the fact that the larger number of our schools made AYP,’ said Woodruff, who also noted that the number of schools ‘under improvement’ dropped from 43 to 38."

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