The school year starts tomorrow for Topeka Public Schools and already the district isn't making the grade. USD 501 was listed as a District Identified for Improvement for 2008-2009. The schools are listed in the report. They are Scott Computer and Technology Magnet, Lundgren Elementary, and Chase Middle School.
Bill Bagshaw is the General Director of School Leadership and Academic Programs. He says the district takes their responsibility for providing a quality education and quality school cultures and climates for their kids very seriously. "It's a concern because its law and it's an expectation," says Bagshaw. He says parents should feel confident that Topeka Public Schools offer a quality education. "One of the greatest traditions in this country is the first day of school. Parents should know that their kids are in good hands," says Bagshaw.
To hear why Bagshaw believes USD 501 is on the list click on the video icon at the top of this story.
Meanwhile, the list reveals that over 94% of all schools in Kansas met or exceeded the reading and mathematics targets, all of which increased by 6-9% over the previous year. "Kansas teachers, students, administrators, and parents have the right to be proud of their districts and schools that continue to meet or exceed increasingly higher academic achievement targets," said Alexa Posny, commissioner of education.
To see the list of districts identified for improvement click on the link under this story.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Slightly more schools and school districts
failed this year to show adequate progress in improving students'
scores on math and reading tests.
The state Department of Education says 19 districts and 36
schools with high concentrations of poor students are listed ``on
improvement'' for 2008-09.
Their status is based on standardized tests in the spring. Last
year, 16 high-poverty districts and 35 schools were on improvement.
The targets for students' scores continue to increase because of
the federal No Child Left Behind law. All students must be
proficient in reading and math.
And Education Commissioner Alexa Posny noted that even with the
small increase, 94 percent of Kansas schools are still showing
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