November 1, 2014

District’s failure to meet AYP assists at-risk students

Rhonda Humble
Publisher
The Spring Hill school district failed to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2011.
That’s the bad news.
The AYP was established as a benchmark of improvement in the controversial federal 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
But like every dark cloud, there’s a ray of sunshine in USD 230’s failure. The district continued to score high in reading; mathematics and science.
So why did USD 230, and six other schools in the metro area, fail to meet the AYP?
The very program that caused Spring Hill to miss the benchmark is a virtual online school that provides students with a second chance to get a diploma.
We believe in education.
We believe in an education even for at-risk students who may take more than the federally mandated four years for high school completion.
We believe education is more important than any government mandate or legislation. It’s more important than “outcomes,” “procedures” or “benchmarks.”
Teach our children to be productive members of society.
Again, we believe in education.
It’s ironic that the NCLB was enacted to provide every child an equal opportunity, but as with many government programs, it’s gone awry.
Goering says he is proud of the 104 graduates of the virtual school.
So are we.
We’re also proud of the district for putting education over statistics.
Everyone deserves a chance at an education. Without it, there is little chance for success, and it falls to society to pick up the pieces.
Goering said, “We are making a positive difference in those kids’ lives. That is what it is all about.”
Amen.

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