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Most Riverton schools come up short of 2012 AYP standard

Sep 18, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Wyoming Department of Education on Tuesday released 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress results for schools throughout the state.

AYP is the accountability mechanism for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, through which school officials have tried to bring all students to proficiency in language arts and math by 2014 by working toward yearly goals.

In Riverton, Jackson Elementary is the only school that will not require improvement this year, according to WDE AYP statistics.

Ashgrove Elementary School received a warning this year to focus on language arts for all students, and Rendezvous Elementary was warned to work on mathematics and language arts.

Year four at RMS

This will be Riverton Middle School's fourth year seeking school improvement in language arts, and teachers at RMS have been working to heighten students' mathematics skills for two years, according to the WDE.

The Education Trust, a group that promotes high academic achievement for students, said certain steps are taken to help schools that do not make AYP. In year four of a school's failure to meet AYP, tutoring and other supplemental educational services must be made available to low-income students and paid for with federal funds.

Corrective action comes in the fifth year, when district and school officials are required to implement at least one of the following: Appoint an outside expert to advise the school, institute a new curriculum including appropriate professional development, extend the school year or the school day, restructure the school's internal organizational structure, "significantly decrease management authority" at the school level, or replace the school staff who are "relevant to the failure to make AYP."

Fremont County School District 25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said Tuesday that Aspen Park Elementary School met requirements to be labeled a "safe harbor" school this year, so it technically did make AYP standards despite some deficiencies.

WDE statistics show that Aspen Park has been identified for school improvements in math and language arts for two years. But because teachers were able to reduce the number of Aspen students who were not proficient in those subjects by 10 percent from the previous year, they earned the "safe harbor" designation and were considered to have made AYP this year, according to The Education Trust.

As the 2014 NCLB deadline approaches, Snyder said requirements under AYP have gone up quickly in Wyoming.

"Wyoming started off with a very low expectation for meeting AYP, and they increased it very rapidly at the end," Snyder said. "That's going to catch a lot of schools now, not just in Wyoming but across the United States."

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