Tipton rates Distinction In Performance but must take corrective action

At the regular meeting of the Tipton R-VI School Board Monday, Sept. 12, Superintendent Scott Jarvis pointed out that the Tipton School District has earned Distinction in Performance from the state while being in Corrective Action, School Improvement Level three, because of the federal government requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Jarvis said the federal government uses the AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) report to evaluate whether a school is meeting expectations. The AYP report uses four indicators to grade a school's performance. Those indicators are: Communication Arts scored grades three-12; Mathematics scores grade three-12; District wide attendance rate minimum of 93 percent; and Graduation rate minimum of 85 percent. The MAP tests are taken by grades three-eight. Grades nine-12 take the EOC exams.

Using a chart of the Communication Arts and Math, Jarvis showed the constant progression of improvement required. When the AYP reports started in 2002, percentage of students required to be proficent was Communication Arts 18.4 percent and Math 8.3 percent. The required percentages increase each year. In 2010, proficiency was Communication Arts 67.4 percent and Math 63.3 percent.

For 2011 the proficiency requirements jumped to Communication Arts 75.5 percent and Math 72.5 percent.

While the jump for 2012 in proficiency to Communication Arts 83.7 percent and Math 81.7 percent sounds like a lot to expect, the proficiency rate for 2014 is listed at 100 percent for both.

For more of this story check out the Sept. 28 issue of the California Democrat.

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