Fayette schools earn "excellence" rating 2011.08.24

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s annual school report card is expected to show an “excellent” rating again this year when results become official today.

The preliminary report was released earlier this month and superintendent Russ Griggs expects no changes.

In order to meet the state standard, at least 75 percent of those taking the annual state test must score a “proficient” rating. Results from last year show the district met the state standard in 23 of 24 categories. At least 75 percent of the students were rated proficient in every section except third grade reading, where proficiency was earned by 73.9 percent of the class.

The 11th grade standard requires proficiency by at least 85 percent of the students. All 32 members of the class scored 100 percent on the test in reading, writing, mathematics and social studies. Only one student scored below proficiency in science.

The district also met the attendance requirement with a 95.9 percent rating and the graduation requirement with a 100 percent rating. The district also met the AYP criteria (adequate yearly progress).

The district also achieved the value added rating for the year for exceeding expected gains.

Elementary school principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer and secondary principal Dan Feasel both praised their staff members for a successful year in the classroom.

Efforts at improvement will continue, Feasel said, and assistance will come from Sally Kovar of the Educational Service Center.

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