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All CAB Schools Meet AVP Goals
April 25, 2007 - All five schools in the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation have met Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks for the current school year as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Since the 2002-2003 school year, NCLB has required schools and school corporations to show annual improvements in the academic achievements of its students. In Indiana, AYP is determined through student achievement and participation rates on the English/language arts and math sections of the Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+), and by meeting certain targets for elementary and middle school student attendance and high school graduation rates.
"We're tickled to death that all of our schools met (AYP) and we're proud of the fact," CAB Superintendent David McGuire recently told The Banner. "But we also know that we have to keep moving forward because that target moves forward as well." The goal of NCLB is for all students to achieve proficiency in math and English/language arts by 2014.
According to the Indiana Department of Education, 52 percent of Indiana schools met AYP this year. The DOE says this is up two percent from last year.
To meet AYP, all identifiable subgroups of 30 or more students in a school - for example, special education, limited English proficiency, groups based on race and ethnicity, and low-income student categories - must also meet the same standards as the overall student population. Three of CAB's schools had subgroups of 30 or more students receiving free/reduced lunches and those considered special education.
At Knightstown High School, 35 of the 130 students who took last fall's ISTEP+ exam received free/reduced lunches. At Knightstown Intermediate School, 125 of the 374 students tested received free/reduced lunches, while 72 were special education students. Of the 168 students tested at Knightstown Elementary, 51 received free/reduced lunches and 32 were special education. CAB students in these subgroups met the same testing standards and same targeted rates for attendance and graduation required of the overall student population.
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