Changes Mean More Schools Meet Fed Standards

More than 70 percent of North Carolina's public schools now meet federal performance standards, an achievement helped in part by the State Board of Education's decision to include student retest results in the calculations.

The state Department of Public Instruction on Thursday said 71 percent of schools met standards for adequate yearly progress in 2008-09, and the number of public schools earning the state's top school designations more than doubled.

Last year, 31.2 percent of the state's schools met the AYP standards.

DPI said the improvements were partially due to the board's decision to include reading, mathematics and science retest results for students in grades 3-8 in the state's ABCs accountability program and in the AYP calculations.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by VAEducator Location: VA on Aug 9, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    If there is a teacher that tries to prepare the class for a standardized test a week before testing should not be in the classroom. Teachers have "Pacing Guides"which are used to make sure the teacher is covering the material months before testing in the subject area. If a core subject teacher does not follow a "Pacing Guide", the school administation is really letting its students down. If there is an administration that does not monitor "Lesson Plans" or do classroom observation(s) is letting it's students down. You CAN"T teach the test, because teachers are not allowed to even see the test, they can only teach things on the subject area. Even with Remediation, the teachers only do past review work and worksheets from information already given to students. Those standardized test are guarded like money in the bank, the security is very tight even if they are given on paper or by computer. Don't get me wrong there are people that are just looking for a paycheck.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    To the teacher that stated "they were asking us to have students ready to go to the moon and back in a week". Not sure of your meaning here but have heard that some teachers do wait until the week before the test to start teaching the test. What is wrong with a general standardized test that students across America take? (not as a measure of intelligence, rather a tool to monitor schools.) Your administrators are not doing their jobs if they are putting pressure on you the week before the test. In our poor NC counties their are a plethora of kids that are not having needs met at home. I believe their unmet needs at home spill over into the classroom & become a problem for all as the teacher then has to spend valuable classroom time meeting these students special needs. In NC our tax $ would be better served to close the central offices, & let the principal govern the school under the guidance of a board. Utilize the tax $ IN THE CLASSROOM & MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL CHILDREN.
  • by VAeducator Location: VA on Aug 7, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Mr T Location, you are not the only one that pay taxes to fund schools, our children are the best investment in our society. I don't have any children either but I don't criticize the learning styles by referring to them anything other than children. It's appears that you are really disgruntled not necessarily with children but with how your government "dumbocrats" Americans as you refer to the Democrats allow change. We must all adapt or adjust to change in our society, changing testing standards, monitoring attendance to reduce dropouts and discipline (missing instructional time) all play a part of AYP. Nothing is perfect, not even our government nor the people that develop our federal policies. "No Child Left Behind" is just a reminder to all of us" that children have different learning styles and therefore, those learning styles must be incorporated into almost everything a teacher does in a classroom. Mr. T, if we don't pay now, we will pay later.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 7, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    Never have volunteered, and don't intend to. I have to pay enough taxes to fund schools, and I don't even have a brat to send there.
  • by K Location: Gville on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    VaEducator, Thank you!!!!
  • by VAEducator Location: VA on Aug 7, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    T. Location, must have hit a nerve, never heard of the word, "volunteer". I almost gurantee that if "you" volunteered or did something positive for a school you will see the hard work that teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, custodians and parents do on a daily basis to help keep our children safe and become productive citizens in this world. Let's not forget the word called "character" that is developed in each of us. Stop thinking so negatively and become a Reading Buddy for a child in an elementary school. You will probably feel better about your self-worth and not continue to try and destroy the self-worth of "our children" by referring to them as dumber." Yes, I do feel sorry for you. Do you realize that you are harming your own relatives, nieces, nephews, grandchildren or your future generations to come? Remember, each one, teach one. The answer to your question is YES! YES! and proud of it. I can make a difference, can you?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 7, 2009 at 04:29 AM
    VAeducator, have you ever volunteered a day?
  • by VAeducator Location: VA on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    I really feel sorry for any adult(s) in our society that do not have confidence in our children. This is the generation that is going to take care of us. For those that what to ctiticize what is going in our school systems, let me ask you, "Have you ever volunteered a day or given your time to help at a school?" When was the last time you attended a high school graduation? Do you understand what it takes to put a lesson plan together or keep up with a pacing guide in an Algebra or Earth Science Class to prepare students for testing. Why don't you speak with some of the North Carolina Teachers to find out how concerned they are if they don't think the students have "mastered" the lessons? Also, when was the last time you attended a local school board meeting in your area? There is an old saying, "Either you are part of the problem or part of the solution". Which one are you? It still takes a village to help a child succeed.
  • by K Location: Gville on Aug 6, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    I agree Teacher!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    K, I meant that students that are graduating now will be dumber than students that graduated before these idiots lowered the standards.
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