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Kannapolis schools meet testing goals

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Six of the eight schools in the Kannapolis City Schools system met Adequate Yearly Progress standards in results released Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
According to system officials, the system reached 100 percent of its goals as a system. In addition, Jackson Park Elementary made AYP for the second consecutive year and no longer faces penalties under the No Child Left Behind Act.
“Last year was an outstanding year for us academically,” said Dr. Jo Anne Byerly, the system’s superintendent. “Making 100 percent of our AYP goals as a district is a wonderful tribute to the excellent staff we have in our system, and I’m so proud that nearly all our schools made Adequate Yearly Progress.”
The two schools ó Kannapolis Middle and Kannapolis Intermediate ó that didn’t make AYP each came within a single goal of doing so, each making 28 of their 29 goals.
System officials said Kannapolis Intermediate didn’t achieve AYP because of a technicality and they’re appealing the decision.
Making AYP were: A.L. Brown, Forest Park Elementary, Jackson Park Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Shady Brook Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Elementary.
The No Child Left Behind Act holds schools accountable for the success of students in all subgroups including racial categories, children with disabilities, students who speak English as a Second Language and economically-disadvantaged students. If even one subgroup fails to reach the achievement levels set by the No Child Left Behind Act in reading or math, a school does not make AYP.
The AYP results won’t be finalized until the state board of education meets Aug. 6. That’s the same date that statewide AYP results will be released.

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