Failing Schools?

By: Theresa Freed
By: Theresa Freed

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Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004

The state department of education says a number of Kansas schools are failing to make sure students make the grade. Today they released a list of schools they say need to make improvements for the upcoming school year.

The list just released includes six districts and 15 schools that have failed to make progress on statewide tests specifically in the areas of math and reading. As teachers head back to school in one district today, they’re preparing to make some changes.

Derby teachers are back in school today with less than a week before classes are back in session.

The Derby district is learning this week that it's one of six districts in the state that needs to improve, specifically in the area of reading. Other districts include Turner, Baldwin City, Coffeyville, Independence and Kansas City.

The state department of education has determined that the districts have failed to make adequate yearly progress on tests in violation of the No Child Left Behind Rule.

"Right now, we're in the point of just looking at what we need to do to meet regulations and analyze the data to make sure we address issues in the area we're low in," said Lou Gregorio, Derby’s director of student learning.

He says the district failed to meet only one of the 10 requirements, falling behind in reading for Special Ed. That's about 250 of the district's 6,500 students.

"We really have a high-level education, its just meeting the mandates of No Child Left Behind," said Gregorio.

Also on the list, 15 schools including Hutchinson's Lincoln Elementary. This is its third year on the list. Schools and districts failing to meet state standards are now required to notify parents and offer them the option to transfer their students to another school before classes start later this month.

"We're committed that all students reach their full learning potential," said Gregorio.

This year's list is an improvement over last year's list, but this is a preliminary list. So, several Wichita schools could be added within the week.

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