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All Franklin Co. school districts meet AYP standards

September 03, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- All Franklin County school districts met 2008-09's Adequate Yearly Progress, a measurement in Pennsylvania that reflects standardized test scores, graduation rates and attendance.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education released Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) information to the public and media on Thursday. District officials received advance information this summer.

The Chambersburg Area, Fannett-Metal, Greencastle-Antrim, Tuscarora and Waynesboro Area school districts all met AYP on a district level. A few individual schools among them did not meet targets, but the state awarded "met AYP" status to the districts for their overall efforts.

"We're quite pleased with our results to say the least," Greencastle-Antrim Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said.

Greencastle-Antrim satisfactorily met all 43 targets for the elementary, middle and high schools.

Each school strived to incorporate enrichment programs for reading and math, which are the two subjects scored in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests, Hoover said.

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James Buchanan High School in the Tuscarora School District had been ranked poorly in "school improvement" status for 2007-08. The state recognized gains there and allowed the school to make AYP for 2008-09.

Jane Johnston, Tuscarora's curriculum director, prepared improvement plans for each school.

"Everyone worked extremely hard, particularly with the subgroups," Tuscarora Superintendent Rebecca E. Erb said, referencing groups of students such as economically disadvantaged, special education and English as a Second Language.

James Buchanan Middle School and Waynesboro Area Middle Schools missed AYP because of special education students' scores.

Chambersburg Area Middle School, Chambersburg Area Senior High School and Faust Junior High School failed to meet AYP because of subgroups' scores. Faust and the high school are in the "corrective action" stages, meaning the state could impose changes it deems necessary.

Waynesboro Area Senior High School did not meet AYP for its reading and math scores from the general student population as well as economically disadvantaged pupils. Waynesboro's superintendent did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Fannett-Metal School District met every target for all schools.

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