Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cookeville High School Still On High Priority List

Because of an error made several years ago in reporting its graduation rate, Cookeville High School remains on what's called a "high priority" list of schools across the state. But, in its annual yearly progress report released Wednesday, the state Department of Education did say that Cookeville High is "improving." In order to be taken off the list, CHS must meet federal standards set up by the No Child Left Behind Act. In fact, the Department of Education said, in a press release, that every Tennessee district that was on the high priority list showed progress and moved into “improving” status. Tennessee measures whether schools and districts are making “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) toward the goal of 100 percent of students being proficient in Reading and Math with a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2014. Individual schools not meeting benchmarks in the same subject area for two years are considered “high priority” and receive additional support and interventions from the state.