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WFISD Adequate Yearly Progress Rating Out

<font size=2> <P>The No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress report, or A.Y.P. for short, is out for Wichita Falls ISD. </P> <P>And, there's good news to report, but also not so encouraging news.</P></font>

The No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress report, or A.Y.P. for short, is out for Wichita Falls ISD.

And, there's good news to report, but also not so encouraging news.

Only 37% of local schools met the A.Y.P., compared to 44% for the state.

The Texas Education Agency released the data this afternoon and here's what it found.

Alamo and Houston elementaries did not meet A.Y.P. standards in reading.

Burgess failed the math portion, and Fowler and Haynes did not meet A.Y.P. standards in both math and reading.

Jefferson, Lamar and Washington-Jackson elementaries did not meet A.Y.P. in reading.

Southern Hills did not meet A.Y.P. in math and Scotland Park Elementary didn't meet A.Y.P. in both math and reading.

For junior high schools, Barwise and Kirby did not meet A.Y.P. standards in math and reading, while McNiel and Zundy fell below standards in just reading.

The only high school that failed to meet A.Y.P. was Rider High, in the math category.

So, how are Wichita Falls school officials taking the scores?

Mechell Dixon joins us to explain.

Although 15 Wichita Falls campuses, out of 24 total, did not meet A.Y.P. standards, district officials say they're still happy with the strides teachers and students are making, especially at Wichita Falls High School.

Wichita Falls school officials are giving Old High a big thumbs up.

For the past several years, students have not met Adequate Yearly Progress standards as mandated by the Texas Education Agency.

That is, until.

"They met A.Y.P. this year even with the high standard in math and reading, which we're very pleased about," says Dr. Tim Powers, Wichita Falls ISD Assistant Superintendent.

Because of not meeting A.Y.P. standards, the school was in the third of five stages.

And school officials say if teachers and students had not rallied to do better that would have been very bad news.

"Could mean that all for the teachers and staff could be replaced. It could mean the Texas Education Agency could come in and take it over," adds Dr. Powers.

School officials say the school is farther from that happening and they say there's only one place for the school to go now. Up!

"We will continue to look at our scores. We not only diagnose where we need to be but we prescribe trying to determine what are the best strategies that we can put into place that will help our students," explains Dr. Powers.

Old High isn't the only campus Wichita Falls School officials are applauding.

They're also beaming about Burgess and Washington-Jackson elementaries making a double digit increase in nearly all categories.

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