Half of Indiana's Schools Didn't Make The Grade

By Eric Clabaugh

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 15, 2009 at 5:50 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind (Indiana's NewsCenter)-The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is not a happy man tonight. Why? Because half of all Indiana schools did *not* make the grade, according to a new report released Wednesday.

The "Adequate Yearly Progress" report or A.Y.P. evaluates student performance and participation using I-STEP scores, student attendance rates, and graduation rates. In Allen County, two school districts passed and two did not.

The A.Y.P. is a requirement of the "No Child Left Behind Act." The goal is for schools and districts to improve on their scores from the previous year and to meet certain guidelines set by the "No Child Left Behind Act." This year's guidelines are tougher than last, requiring 72.6% of students to pass the English and Language Arts and 71.5% percent pass Math.
In Allen County, Southwest and Northwest passed every category, East Allen passed 28 out of 33 categories and Fort Wayne passed 28 out of 37. With that said, districts and schools who did *not* pass a particular category failed the progress report. A spokesperson for Fort Wayne Community Schools argues the report is tough and doesn't truly show the progress that's been made by schools.

Krista Stockman says "By 2014 the goal (of the "No Child Left Behind Act") is that 100% of students will be passing the I-STEP and will be meeting the other demands of the 'No Child Left Behind Act.' We don't disagree that that's a good goal. It should always be a goal for everyone to pass. But eventually, the AYP may not be the best tool to measure whether a school is being successful or not because the stakes get so high that it's really unrealistic."

If you would like to learn more about how your child's school or district performed, click on the news links section of our website. Using the link provided, search for your school or district and look for the "AYP" results icon that will be highlighted in blue.

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