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Emery County Schools Make the Grade

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Emery High is one of the county schools meeting adequate yearly progress based on a complex set of measurements.

This is the Emery County School District report on the progress our schools are making toward achieving proficiency for 100 percent of our students. As defined under federal legislation called No Child Left Behind, the report identifies whether schools have made Adequate Yearly Progress based on a complex set of measurements.

To make AYP, a school must achieve 45 targets: two areas of test participation and performance measured across four subgroups of students as well as the school as a whole. In addition schools must meet graduation rates or attendance targets. Miss just one of the 45 targets and your entire school does not meet AYP.

As you can see from the report, some good schools have not made AYP. That does not mean they are not successful. AYP is an all or nothing proposition, but student achievement is not. Academic success is measured in many ways, including classroom tests, teacher observations, report cards, homework and standardized tests. AYP focuses only on state tests. Entire schools can miss the AYP target if too many students are absent on test day, or if students that are still learning English miss the reading and writing goals.

We are firmly committed to achieving our goal of success for every child and we recognize that we must continually improve. Our schools are filled with outstanding teachers, principals and support staff. They regularly update their skills and participate in training to help them meet the special challenges our students face. Children of all ages are learning and making daily progress in our schools, as one visit to any classroom in this district will illustrate, no child is being left behind.

We urge you to look closely at the progress our schools are making and join us in addressing our challenges and applauding the great work students and staff are doing in classrooms throughout the district.

Under the accountability provisions, schools, districts and the state are required to meet AYP criteria on three indicators: 1) participation in testing, 2) language arts and mathematics Core CRT scores, and 3) either graduation rate (for high schools and districts) or attendance rate (for elementary and middle/junior high schools). This current report AYP is based on student scores for tests taken in the spring of 2004.

In the Emery County School District, the following schools made AYP as determined by student performance in all subgroups in the criterion: Emery High School, Green River High School, San Rafael Junior High School, Book Cliff Elementary School, Castle Dale Elementary School, Cleveland Elementary School and Huntington Elementary School.

The following schools in Emery County School District did not make AYP because student's scores in at least one of the student subgroups in language arts or mathematics did not reach the established criterion: Canyon View Junior High School and Ferron Elementary. Each of these schools made 44 of the 45 targets.

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