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Chambersburg schools meet federal standards

August 10, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Chambersburg Area School District announced Monday that it made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2008-09 academic year.

It's the first time since the advent of AYP, under No Child Left Behind, that the district reached the goals measured by graduation and attendance rates, as well as results from standardized tests in reading and math, a news release stated.

Officials from Pennsylvania's 500 school districts have been given access to their latest AYP data. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Web site says results won't be released to the media and public until later in the summer.

Chambersburg was listed as "making progress" for the 2007-08 results, the news release stated.

Not only is the general student population tested through the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), but results are monitored for subgroups like "economically disadvantaged" and special education.

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According to the news release, Chambersburg was measured on 268 total targets districtwide and missed only six. All elementary schools met AYP.

"Our students and staff have worked hard to make this happen, and this is certainly something to celebrate," Assistant Superintendent Cathy Dusman said.

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