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Report says elementary schools in Waynesboro meeting standards

November 22, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Elementary schools in the Waynesboro Area School District are meeting or exceeding federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards in reading and math, according to a student achievement report released by the school district.

The report, presented to the Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday, comes two months after the state placed the district on a warning list for failure to meet adequate yearly progress standards at the high school and middle school.

In a presentation Tuesday evening, Sherian Diller, Mowrey Elementary School principal and director of elementary education in the district, said students in kindergarten through sixth grade have in almost every instance exceeded the NCLB adequate yearly progress standards for the 2005-06 school year.

"We are closer to the standards for 2011 and 2012," Diller said, explaining that the standards increase each year.

While overall, elementary students in the district met or exceeded NCLB standards last year, students in the special education and economically disadvantaged subgroups failed to meet federal reading standards, according to the report.

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Jean Purnell, director of special education and director of federal programs, said the district only needs eight student from the subgroups to improve their scores for the district to qualify for "safe harbor" under NCLB.

Purnell explained that a school can reach safe harbor by decreasing the number of students who perform below proficiency by 10 percent within the subgroups.

Administrators from the district's elementary schools also presented student achievement goals for the current school year. The goals mirrored school district goals for NCLB and included improving student scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests.

Diller said the report is compiled annually by the elementary administrators and superintendents to inform the school board of student progress.

School board members Todd Rock and Leland Lemley and board president Larry Glenn were absent from Tuesday's meeting.

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