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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Adequate Yearly Progress

We made AYP!
Part of President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" initiative is the concept of "Adequate Yearly Progress" (AYP). Each year, schools have goals which become more and more stringent each year. To make "Adequate Yearly Progress," a school must meet EVERY SINGLE GOAL. Missing even one goal means a school does not make "AYP." Furthermore, we are judged not just on our students as a whole. Each subgroup (white students, black students, paid lunch, free lunch, special education, etc.) must meet these goals.

While we are certainly proud of our students for their test scores, we never want to lose site of the real aim of being of why we are all in this business in the first place. School is about the joy of teaching and learning. If each of us does us (principal, teacher, parent, student) does our part to make learning the star, I hope the data will always take care of itself.

“Not everything that counts can be measured,
and not everything that can be measured, counts."
-Albert Einstein


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