While the reports of Adequate Yearly Progress were generally good for Lincoln County, one school faces the disappointment of not meeting the required progress for two years in a row. That means students at West Lincoln Middle have the option to transfer out if their parents feel they should be in a better school. But such drastic actions is probably not warranted, at least not today. The principal and staff say they are seeing progress, not decline, in the performance at this school. West Lincoln Principal Ron Deaton looks to meet all of the requirements during the next year, and we expect him and a very capable staff to be successful. The school did meet 15 out of 17 target goals, or 88.2 percent of goals.
AYP measures subgroups of students through standardized testing in reading and math. These groups represent minority students, economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency. The program was created from the No Child Left Behind federal initiative. The mandated transfer option, which applies only to Title I schools, comes into play when a school fails to reach 100 percent compliance two years in a row.
This year in Lincoln County 81 percent of schools made AYP, compared to 55 percent the first year of testing. This trend of improvement is reflected statewide.
We hope to see all of Lincoln Countyâ€™s schools in compliance next year so that no school has to make the embarrassing admission that students may transfer because the school isnâ€™t good enough.
Lincoln Countyâ€™s struggle with compliance is no worse than other schools in the region. This is the kind of challenge the our schools have met in the past, and we believe they will continue to show improvement in the future.by Al Dozier