Fewer Kan. Schools Fail to Show Adequate Progress

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Fewer schools failed to show adequate progress this year in improving students' scores on reading and math tests.

For the second time in a month, education officials said Kansas is keeping pace with rising standards.

The Department of Education reports 139 schools failed to make adequate yearly progress, compared with 154 last year. Ninety percent made adequate progress.

For the 2007-08 testing cycle, 90% of the state’s public schools and districts made adequate yearly progress (AYP), even though the targets for mathematics and reading have been steadily increasing since 2002. This compares with 89% of public schools and districts making AYP last year. Student achievement continues to rise in Kansas.

“The good news is that more Kansas schools are achieving their goals in reading and mathematics. This is true even though these same goals have increased substantially over last year. By a persistent focus on academic standards, Kansas educators are clearly meeting the challenge of educating all students to high academic levels,” according to Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Alexa Posny.

The list of public schools and districts not making AYP was presented to the Kansas State Board of Education as required by federal legislation Wednesday. Of the 1365 public schools in Kansas, 1226 made adequate yearly progress for 2007-08. Of the 296 districts in Kansas, 265 made AYP for the 2007-08 testing cycle.

There were fewer even though schools had to have a higher percentage of students proficient in reading and math, based on spring tests. The federal No Child Left Behind law requires all students to be proficient by 2014.

A list of schools not making AYP is attached.

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