(TOPEKA, Kan.) — The Kansas State Department of Education says most public schools and school districts met their Adequate Yearly Progress goals for the 2009-2010 school year. The targets are set by the No Child Left Behind Act.
The department says targets increased between 5 and 8 percent in the past year. The state says 211 of 293 districts met their AYP requirements and 1,125 of 1,380 public schools did the same.
“It is a testament to the dedication of the teachers and school administrators in Kansas that even as student performance measures rise rapidly from year to year, we continue to see high percentages of schools and school districts meet and exceed the federal AYP requirements,” said Interim Education Commissioner Dr. Diane M. DeBacker.
Wichita, Derby, Haysville, Valley Center, Hutchinson, Great Bend and Dodge City didn't make AYP as a whole. However, according to USD 259, 33 Wichita schools met targets in both reading and math based on performance on the state assessments taken last spring. In addition, 29 schools met the AYP target in either reading or math.