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Two Bedford Schools May Miss AYP Mark

July 18, 2008

By Christa Desrets, The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va.

Jul. 18–Parents of students enrolled at Bedford Primary and Elementary schools may soon be receiving letters in the mail asking whether they want to transfer their child to Big Island Elementary School.

Although final results are not yet available, school administrators said at a meeting Thursday that the two Bedford schools are not projected to meet Adequate Yearly Progress numbers established by the No Child Left Behind Act.

The act requires schools overall, plus minority subgroups within the schools, to meet progress benchmarks in reading and math annually.

Those that don’t meet goals for two consecutive years are required to allow students to transfer to another school in the district.

“Typically, parents don’t choose that option in the first year,” Literacy Development Specialist Karen Woodford told the school board Thursday.

Although school administrators project that both schools will meet the overall benchmarks in reading and math, black and disadvantaged subgroups are expected to fall short, according to a letter Woodford wrote to the school board.

She said schools that have fewer than 50 students in a subgroup are not always held to the same standard.

“In many cases, our smaller elementary schools may have similar scores,” she said, adding that the schools have been making “great gains” to meet the benchmarks.

If the schools score as expected, the district plans to hold an information meeting and question and answer session about the results on August 4, at 6:30 p.m., at Bedford Elementary.

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