* The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires public schools and districts, districts and state education systems to be 100 percent proficient in math and reading by 2014. To reach that goal, public schools across the country are required to reach hit a certain percentage, or benchmark, of student proficiency in both subjects. A school or district can meet or exceed the proficiency benchmark in both math and reading but still fail to make AYP. That’s because one or more of a possible 11 subgroups (such as low income students, disabled students or a low graduation rate) failed to reach hit the benchmarks. A subgroup must contain at least 30 students in most cases to be measured. Here are Park Hill’s Elementary schools (not bad indeed). The Y & N mean yes or no to meeting the requirements and the bold are the 2 schools I work at. YES!
Alfred L. Renner 45 55 48.1 51.9 Y
English Landing 71.3 28.7 76.9 23.1 Y
Graden 65.7 34.3 64.3 35.7 Y
Hawthorn 66 34 62.3 37.7 Y
Line Creek 56 44 60.9 39.1 Y
Prairie Point 60.8 39.2 65.7 34.3 Y
Southeast 46.9 53.1 46 54 Y
Thomas B. Chinn 66.5 33.5 56.3 43.7 Y
Union Chapel 66.8 33.2 63.4 36.6 Y
* Thursday Kansas City was 60, today 16 with sleet, ice and snow on it’s way. The National Weather Service said that an Arctic air mass spreading south through Kansas and Missouri was responsible for Friday’s conditions. The outlook is much the same for the entire weekend, with subfreezing temperatures expected at least through Tuesday. Linda and I are staying in, warm, home cooked meals, movies and just relaxing.
* A miracle…
The boys — 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck, abducted more than four years ago, and 13-year-old Ben Ownby, taken after getting off his school bus Monday afternoon where found Friday. Yes, this is a miracle!