Special Reports

July 27, 2011

ANDREWS RESPONSE: Story behind the numbers is better

The headlines in last week’s paper announced that Muscogee County Schools were “among the worst.” On behalf of the district’s educators I must respond. Under No Child Left Behind, states must set annual goals for schools to meet. The students in each school are then divided into subgroups: black, white, Asian, Hispanic, students with disabilities, English-language learners, and economically disadvantaged. Each subgroup must meet the goal in order for the school to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). If one subgroup of students fails to meet the goal, the whole school fails to make AYP. The overall goal is for all schools to have 100 percent of their students meet standards by 2014.

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