Natrona Schools Far Short of Federal Standards
The Natrona County School District has some work to do.
The No Child Left Behind Act requires that districts report their progress each year in math and language arts. In Wyoming, this is done with the PAWS Test for students in the 3rd through 8th grade. The EXPLORE Test is used for 9th graders, the PLAN test for 10th grade, and the ACT for seniors.
As of 2014, 100% of students were expected to be proficient for a school to meet the Average Yearly Progress standards.
The Natrona County School District didn’t come close.
Only 6 of the 35 schools in the district met the standards, and thus, the district failed overall.
Below is the official press release and a link to the detailed NCSD Report.
Adequate Yearly Progress is a requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Data is complied in the areas of Language Arts and Math through the statewide Proficiency for Wyoming Students assessment (PAWS) for students in grades 3-8, the EXPLORE test for students in grade 9, the PLAN test for students in grade 10 and the ACT test for students in grade 11. A percentage of students must be proficient for a school to be considered as meeting AYP. As of 2014 100% of students are expected to be proficient. However, additional indicators such as improvement at the elementary and secondary levels and graduation rates at the high school level are considered.
Parents are notified that the Natrona County School District has released the 2015 Adequate Yearly Progress results for schools. Six of thirty-five schools in the Natrona County School District met AYP during the 2014-2015 school year. Those schools include: Midwest, Park, Powder River, Red Creek, Sagewood and Willow Creek. Because several schools were not able to meet AYP during the 2014-2015 school year, Natrona County School District as a whole did not make Adequate Yearly Progress.
In addition to AYP, the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act provides annual reports on student academic performance of all schools in the state in Language Arts and Math. Student Achievement, Equity, Growth and Participation indicators are all considered in determining each school's performance level. Schools are assigned a performance level based on the results ranging from Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations or Not Meeting Expectations.
When a school is struggling with performance, the district responds with increased support and resources such as professional development, instruction support and leadership support. In addition, each school must create and implement a school improvement plan to address the identified needs, which is reviewed by the superintendent and the board of trustees.
Parent involvement is critically important to student success. Parents are encouraged to get involved at their child's school in many ways by volunteering and should contact the school principal and/or child's teacher for more information.
To view AYP and Wyoming Accountability in Education Act results by school, visit the Wyoming Department of Education's website: fusion.edu.wyoming.gov. In the Data Reporting Link, click “Accountability.”