September 10, 2008
Pm Poised To Make Changes After Ayp
By Sarah V Lupinacci
BY SARAH V. LUPINACCI
In the wake of the 2008 Adequate Yearly Progress report, Penn Manor representatives are scheduled to meet with Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 employees Sept. 19 to complete the framework for their improvement program.
The district is one of the 12 Lancaster County public school districts that did not make the gains required by federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
NCLB measures the percentage of students who reached proficiency in reading and math. The three AYP categories in 2008 were school attendance and graduation rate, achieving proficiency and performance and participation in taking the test. Because the percentage in the special-education subgroup did not meet the standard for the second year, Penn Manor High School fell from warning status to school improvement I status.
In addition, the 85-student special-education subgroup at Manor Middle did not make the required gains for one year in reading and math, and the 65-student special-education subgroup at Marticville Elementary did not make the required gains for one year in reading, sending both into warning status.
"The high school is required to develop a school improvement plan due to the fact that we missed the target for special education for two consecutive years at that level," said Michael Leichliter, assistant superintendent for personnel and planning. "We believe the School Improvement framework from Pennsylvania Department of Education, PDE, is well developed and that any school, whether they achieved all targets or not, will benefit from the collaboration and planning that is part of this program. Therefore, all Penn Manor schools will take part in the planning process."
Leichliter said the missed targets are generally in the area of special education because some students may have learning disabilities, and the district plans to focus its improvements in that area.
Specifically at the high school, some classrooms will become co- teaching environments.
The benefit will be mainstreaming the students into math and reading classes as well as providing them the one-on-one assistance of a special-education class.
In addition, two special-education teachers will be dedicated to support-only students. They will each track 50 students for their individual progress, allowing the teachers to monitor and make changes more effectively.
"As an entire district, our students are performing well above state and county averages," Leichliter said. "We are very proud of how hard our students and teachers work in Penn Manor classrooms. In reference to PSSA scores, Penn Manor students have the highest writing scores in the county."
Originally published by Sarah V. Lupinacci, Correspondent.
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