WASHINGTON COUNTY - All Washington County elementary schools met adequate yearly progress standards for the third consecutive year, officials announced Wednesday.
All but one of the county's middle schools met the same federal standards.
Adequate yearly progress (AYP) is determined by students' scores on Maryland School Assessments. Those results were released in June.
Western Heights Middle School did not meet adequate yearly progress and is now a school "in need of local attention," as determined by the Maryland State Department of Education.
To meet adequate yearly progress, a school must hit targets in up to 19 different areas, according to Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for secondary instruction. Western Heights did not meet the standard in one area: special education reading.
Subgroup categories include five racial-ethnic categories and three service group categories, such as special education students.
If the school does not meet federal standards next year, it becomes a school "in need of improvement." If a school is unable to make progress in all areas, including attendance, for two consecutive years, it is identified for school improvement status and faces consequences intended to bring about improvements at the school, according to information released by the Maryland State Department of Education. In some cases, parents are able to transfer children out of underperforming schools or take advantage of tutoring services.