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|FIRST ON WGIL: District 205 Makes AYP; Attendance Increases Now Goal
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 6/15/10 Galesburg School District 205 has a lot to celebrate. Each grade level from kindergarten to eighth grade, surpassed the adequate yearly progress, or AYP, goals set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The achievement is especially meaningful to Lombard Middle school which was previously on the Academic Watch List, according to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Joel Estes.
"For 2010, all of our K-8 schools have made AYP, and Lombard joins the ranks of the other five Spotlight Schools in the Illinois Honor Roll," Estes said. "That's not something that's easily achieved by a middle school."
Estes says District 205 outpaces each of the Western Big Six Conference school districts when it come to academic achievement.
Despite earlier criticism of graduation rates at Galesburg High School, the number of students graduating rose this year. Estes says more students are staying in school and more are graduating because of it.
"The same graduation rate that was ballyhooed in the Register-Mail...we actually increased our graduation rate over the past year by nearly five-percent," Estes said. "We cut our dropout rate nearly in half."
Overall student attendance at District 205 dropped slightly this year compared to last year. Estes says the school board needs to focus on ways to raise attendance rates because they are tied directly to state funding for the district.
"The District 205 attendance rate dropped about five-tenths of a percent over the past year," Estes said. "It's true at the K-8 as well as at the high school levels. What's amazing about that is even with that drop in attendance, our achievement increased. This [attendance] absolutely needs to be our focus in the coming year."
Estes said that's because state funding is tied to attendance numbers.
|06 16 10 by Newsroom
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