(WICHITA, Kan) — Wichita School District Superintendent John Allison says there's a lot to celebrate after getting the results back from the state assessments. The testing is required under No Child Left Behind. Schools need to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets.
This year, 60 Wichita schools met that mark in both reading and math. That's 27 more than last year. Twenty schools met AYP for either reading or math.
Superintendent John Allison credits for things to the success this year. He said it is a result of dedicated staff, engaged students, a district-wide focus on a mulit-tiered system of support for each student, and targeted funding support to implement programs which evidence shows are effective and successful.
Approximately 24,000 Wichita students took nearly 70,000 assessments last spring in reading, math, and science.
Wichita's gains also outpaced those of the state. In reading, Wichita schools had an increase of 3.8 percent and in math, a ain of 2.8 percent. The state grew 1.6 percent in reading and 1.9 in math.