Morenci Area High School met the requirements for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) rating.
Ratings were announced last week by the Michigan Department of Education, in conjunction with federal No Child Left Behind legislation.
The rating isn’t generally celebrated—most schools make the grade—but there is great concern when a district fails to achieve AYP, said Morenci school superintendent Kyle Griffith.
On the other hand, he told school board members Monday, a lot of work goes into making sure the AYP rating is achieved.
In 2006, Michigan began basing its high school assessment on the ACT college aptitude test. Goals are set for success in mathematics and language art—goals that increase each year until 100 percent of those tested earn “proficient” results.
READINESS—Board members accepted a resolution to participate in the Michigan School Readiness Program again this year. The program is administered by Little People’s Place.
Fourteen students are involved and $47,600 in state aid is received.
DRUG DOG—Griffith said he was pleased that nothing was found in a recent search of the school by a drug dog. Searches are conducted in schools throughout the county.
BAND PROGRAM—After an announcement about the high school and middle school band concert scheduled Dec. 12, Griffith praised director James DeVoe.
“It’s just amazing what strides the band has made,” he said.