Archive for Thursday, October 16, 2008

Basehor schools make the grade on AYP report

October 16, 2008

The final state assessment scores were announced Wednesday and it looks as though Basehor-Linwood district schools have not only made the grade, but exceeded it.

Sandy Guidry, director of curriculum and instruction, said in mid-September, when preliminary results came in, that the district made Adequate Yearly Progress in all grades, all subjects and all subgroups, and the final results also reflect that conclusion.

Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, is the amount of improvement schools in each state must meet in reading and math each year. It is determined by assessments students in grades third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and 11th take each spring.

AYP went into effect as a part of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act and each state’s Board of Education sets achievement goals progressively higher each year to hopefully reach the ultimate goal of having each child at 100 percent proficiency by the 2013-14 school year.

For a school to meet AYP, students must meet or be above the state’s target percentage in reading and math. Each building in a district must make AYP for the entire district to make AYP.

The Basehor-Linwood district not only made AYP, but several schools received Standard of Excellence recognition in reading and math in each grade level. To receive this recognition at the grade level in reading, at least 25 percent of elementary school students must be at the “Exemplary” level with not more than 5 percent at the “Academic Warning” level. For middle school students, at least 20 percent must be at “Exemplary” with no more than 10 percent in “Academic Warning” and at least 15 percent of high school students must be in “Exemplary” with no more than 10 percent in “Academic Warning.”

The percentage standards change slightly to be eligible for a mathematics Standard of Excellence.

Schools can also receive a building Standard of Excellence in each subject depending on the percentage of all students in the “Exceeds Standard,” “Meets Standard” and “Approaches Standard” categories. All buildings in the Basehor-Linwood district received a building Standard of Excellence in reading while four out of five received a building Standard of Excellence in math.

Dr. Alexa Posny, Kansas Commissioner of Education, said in a recent press release that overall math and reading scores for the state “reflect a continuing upward trend.”

Guidry said in September that she credits the continued excellence in the Basehor-Linwood School District to extensive assessment preparation, working assessment preparation into the curriculum and differentiated instruction.

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