Vail schools miss fed-imposed targets |

Vail schools miss fed-imposed targets

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County School District failed to hit its federal targets for the 2003-2004 school year. All but two of the district’s 14 public schools hit all their “Adequate Yearly Progress” targets under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Summit School District also counted itself among 37 percent of Colorado school districts that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).The verdict is based on 2004 standardized test scores in reading and math. The Colorado Department of Education released the information in November.This is the second consecutive year Summit Schools did not make AYP, and the first for Eagle County. The two in Eagle County that missed their targets didn’t miss by much, and for relatively small groups of students. No matter. The schools, and thus the district, failed. The schools that missed their targets were Minturn Middle School and Eagle Valley High School. Both missed their targets in one main area: The number of kids with limited English skills taking standardized math and reading tests. Missing those targets by just a few percentage points means a relative handful of students affected the entire district’s performance. The reason those students counted so heavily is due to something called “disaggregation,” which basically means slicing the student population into numerous demographic groups. In the district’s elementary schools, the number of disabled, poor or immigrant students isn’t large enough to be broken out.”We’re acting as if we have an improvement plan in place,” Eagle Valley High School principal Mark Strakbein said. “We’re taking the necessary actions to hit our goals in 2004-2005.”

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