Federal legislation requires all schools to meet standards, which are called Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP. For the first time, 60 of the Wichita districts' 84 schools met AYP. While educators are thrilled, they say there is still work to be done.
Math students at Coleman Middle School are being challenged as part of a strategic plan to make sure they pass state assessments.
"Here we want to say that failure is not an option," said Coleman's principal, Gil Alvarez.
Coleman, along with 59 other Wichita schools, hit the mark in 2008, earning them the honor of making AYP.
Thirteen more Wichita schools achieved AYP in 2008 as compared to 2007. The number of Wichita middle schools who earned AYP nearly tripled from four to 11. Wichita high schools stayed steady at three.
The federal government requires all school districts to meet AYP as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The goal is to have every student 100% proficient in both reading and math by 2014.
For a list of the schools that didn't make AYP in Wichita schools, and to view sample questions like those students are given, click the USD 259 link below. A printable version of the test questions can be viewed by clicking on Sample Test Questions above.