Wednesday, August 13, 2003
DALLAS -- Dallas School District received an overall passing grade in its annual yearly progress report.
That "grading" result from the the "No Child Left Behind" educational act. Dallas School Board learned the results at its Aug. 11 meeting in the District Board Room at the Morrison Building.
The only school within the district that came up short was Dallas High School. Especially challenging for the high school is meeting the standards for "students with disabilities." Superintendent Dave Novotney informed the school board that this is an area in which no latitude is allowed for testing students who may not have the same cognitive skills as others.
In the English/Language Arts area, all student groups met the standards except those with disabilities. In the math and math problem solving category groups of students with disabilities, students of Hispanic origin and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds all fell short of the federal standards.
LaCreole Middle School showed passing marks for all students in terms of annual yearly progress.
Lyle, Oakdale Heights and Whitworth Elementary schools showed passing marks in every category measured.
Bridgeport and Pedee Schools await results from the State Department of Education as the student populations are too small to be accurately measured without adding prior test results. The two rural schools will comprise the Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools program next year. While still within the Dallas district, they will be operated in a largely independent manner. Pedee will be starting its third year as a charter school.