District just short

Schools reach all but one Annual Yearly Progress goals

— Moffat County School District officials said they are pleased with meeting all but one Annual Yearly Progress goals, but are not given to accept anything less than total academic proficiency.

The School District met 78 of 79 district goals in the 2006-2007 school year. Reading proficiency for elementary level students with disabilities was the lone exception.

AYP goals are mandated by No Child Left Behind, and require that a certain percentage of students achieve good enough grades for "proficiency" standing.

The percentage of proficient students required, and the grades required of them, vary with subject and age level.

Moffat County has never come so close to completing all its goals, but the expectation is still, and has always been, 100 percent, Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan said.

"Each year, these are the targets we shoot for because they affect the entire student body," Sheridan said. "I think we did very well, but I don't want to give the impression that we won't do our best for that one group (that didn't make proficiency)."

The district appealed three goal failings when it received the initial results more than a month ago, but that is fairly routine, Sheridan said. There are commonly differences between the numbers the Colorado Department of Education records and the numbers an individual school district has on file.

Discrepancies can be the percentage of students testing proficient in a subject or the percentage of student participation.

The state requires 95 percent of able students sit for exams, but there are exceptions that can be hard to track, such as students with a language barrier or when the test is marked wrong by the district or the Department of Education, Sheridan said.

Moffat County won all three appeals this year.

It is not unusual for a district of Moffat County's size to miss a few goals, Sheridan said. Smaller school districts have fewer AYP goals because of smaller student populations.

The statewide figures have not been tabulated for the 2006-2007 school year, so it is impossible to compare Moffat County on a statewide basis until next week, CDE communications officer Mark Stevens said.

In the 2005-2006 school year, Moffat County made 78 of its 82 goals, according to a CDE spreadsheet. Of the five school districts with that many goals, only one achieved all of them, and only one other matched Moffat County.

There were 46 school districts with more goals than Moffat County. Only two of them made 100 percent.

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