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WCSD taken off ‘watch’ list for AYP
by Tribune Staff
Oct 30, 2011 | 1604 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO – The Washoe County School District (WCSD) made “Adequate Yearly Progress,” or AYP, for the 2010-2011 school year, qualifying it to be removed from the state’s “watch list,” the district announced last week. The district was notified of its removal from the list by the state Department of Education.

The removal was a result of substantive student growth and reduction in the percent of students who scored below proficient, according to a district release.

“We are pleased with the decision made by the Department of Education and appreciate (its) consideration,” Superintendent Heath Morrison said. ‘This decision now reflects the growth we are making in Washoe County schools with two consecutive years of gains on test scores and significant increases in our graduation rate, from 56 to 70 percent in just two years.”

AYP is the federal accountability benchmark for schools. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, this benchmark is used to determine if schools are making sufficient progress in educating students. The act requires states to use a single accountability system for public schools to determine whether all students and individual subgroups of students are making progress to meet state academic content standards.

State classifications are made annually and are based on the percentage of students tested, the percentage of students who score at or above the proficient level on annual statewide tests and the school attendance or graduation rate.
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