Under NCLB, a school or district must make 100 percent of its target goals in order to qualify as having made Adequate Yearly Progress, said Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis, who added that if even one school in a district fails to make one if its goals, it is put on the federal NCLB tier system.
McGinnis said the results prove that both the teachers and the students are working hard, and he thanked them for all of their efforts. He also said that with increased proficiency, “we get the satisfaction that we’re doing better,” although he added that there is room for improvement.
For the 2008/2009 school year, the district as a whole had 76.23 percent of its students scoring proficient or distinguished in reading, while the target goal was 60.86 percent. Additionally, 73.18 percent of the students scored proficient or distinguished, higher than the target goal of 49.73 percent.
Last year, 76.04 percent of the students in the district scored proficient or distinguished in reading, well above the target goal of 53.04 percent, while 70.4 percent of the students score proficient or distinguished in mathematics, well above the target goal of 49.73 percent.
McGinnis said the target Annual Measurable Objective goals increase by 8–10 percentage points every year, and that the eventual NCLB goal is to have 100 proficiency in both mathematics and reading by the 2013/2014 school year.
McGinnis said it would be a challenge to have proficiency in the 90s, let alone 100 percent proficiency, but also said the school system “is dedicated to excellence.”
The Trigg County School system failed to make AYB for four years in a row, from the 2002/2003 school year to the 2005/2006 school year, but started making AYB again during the 2006/2007 school year, although only the district has made the tier, while none of the schools have, said McGinnis.