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Goreville Elementary, Jr. High reach AYP for eighth consecutive year

Posted November 8, 2012 by Joe Rehana in Community

Goreville Schools is just one of 699 Illinois schools to reach AYP every year since the inception of the law.

The Illinois State Board of Education recently notified Goreville’s Elementary and Jr. High schools on their achieving Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Goreville is just one of 699 Illinois schools to reach AYP every year since the inception of the law, reports Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb.

“We are certainly proud to be recognized as one of the few schools in Illinois that have always made AYP,” said Webb, adding that at some future point all schools will eventually fail to meet AYP under the current law.

The AYP calculations are based on test scores for reading and math and the arbitrary goal that determines whether a student has met or exceeded is set by the state and increases each year, said Webb, making it increasingly more difficult for schools to meet AYP.

“We don’t qualify for the ‘spotlight’ awards from the state due to our poverty rate not quite meeting their guidelines, so it’s nice to be noticed for our continuous academic efforts,” said Webb. This year, 2,545 schools failed to make AYP, which is 66 percent of all eligible schools, not counting private or charter schools not obligated to conduct state tests.

Only 18 percent of Illinois schools have achieved AYP every year since the inception of the law and in the five-county region, only 13 of the 40 schools met AYP this year.