Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Carey School honored by state board

School to receive ‘Distinguished Schools Award for 2012’

Express Staff Writer

Carey School is one of only nine schools in Idaho to be selected for a “Distinguished Schools Award for 2012” by the Idaho State Board of Education.

Principal John Peck was notified of the award earlier this month in a letter from Mike Rush, executive director of the state board. Schools that are selected for the award are required to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress rating status for two consecutive years and to be among the top 5 percent of schools in the state to have reduced achievement gaps between the larger white student group and student subgroups such as Hispanics and the economically disadvantaged.

Adequate Yearly Progress, typically referred to as AYP, is a federally mandated school performance measurement system as required by the No Child Left Behind law. The Idaho State Department of Education is trying to have a new “five-star” measurement system replace AYP but has thus far been unsuccessful in having the new system accepted by the U.S. Department of Education.

Carey School, located in Carey for grades K-12, achieved AYP for the 2011-12 school year and earned four stars in the new state rating system. Both systems use Idaho Standards Achievement Tests results in measuring school performance.

On achievement tests conducted last spring, Carey School students tested 95.7 percent proficient or better in reading, surpassing a state goal of 85.6 percent. In math, Carey School students tested 90.7 percent proficient or better, surpassing a state goal of 83 percent.

A third indicator used in the AYP measurement system is graduation rate. In 2012, Carey School had a graduation rate of 100 percent, surpassing the state goal of 90 percent.

The letter to Peck from Rush invited him to attend the next state board meeting on Oct. 18 at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston to receive the award. If he is unable to attend, Rush advised Peck that a member of the state board will visit Carey School in person to present the award.

Terry Smith:

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