August 16, 2012 | Volume 42, No. 33

Haines schools make AYP

All four programs within the Haines Borough School District met the adequate yearly progress goals set by the federal government’s No Child Left Behind law for the 2011-2012 school year.

According to the state department of education, Haines Elementary School scored a 91% proficiency rate on the language arts test, including reading and writing, up by a point from the previous year. In math, the elementary scored 84%, the same as 2010-2011. The high school increased its scores in language arts and math categories, scoring 95% and 80%, respectively.

The Haines home school program boasted the best results of all four programs with 100% proficiency in language and math.

Mosquito Lake School also met AYP goals. Scoring 60% in language arts and math, a confidence interval was applied to the raw scores. According to education department spokesman Eric Fry, a confidence interval is based on a range of scores in which the actual score falls. Similar to a poll’s “margin of error,” individual states are allowed to use United States Department of Education approved confidence intervals.

The state’s proficiency rate, using annual measureable objectives, is 82.88% for language arts and 74.57% for math. These rates were frozen for the 2011-2012 school by the federal government when the state applied for a one-year waiver. Students in grades 3-10 are tested using the Alaska Standards Based Assessment in all three curriculum subjects.

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development reported that 236 of 507 public schools in the state, or 46.5%, reached AYP goals for the 2011-2012 school year. Schools are assessed in 40 target areas, including school participation rate, attendance rate, graduation rate and nine sub-categories.

Klukwan School also met AYP goals for 2011-2012.