from Mat-Su education reporter, Melodie Wright:
Nearly 70 percent of Mat-Su schools made Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2007-08 school year, according to results released today from the Alaska Department of Education.
That's a drop from almost 75 percent last year, which officials believe is due to a rise in proficiency standards for test scores. This drop is reflected in districts state-wide; the number of schools making AYP in Alaska fell to 58.7 percent from 62 percent.
The No Child Left Behind Act requires all students in grades three through 10 test at proficiency by 2013. Accordingly, every three years the required standard rises. That means that this year, more than 77 percent of a school's students must pass the language arts portion of the standards based assesment, and more than 66 percent must pass the math portion.
That's up from 71 percent for language arts, and 58 percent for math last year.
High schools suffered the most, with Palmer, Houston, Mid Valley high schools, as well as Valley Pathways and Mat-Su Secondary School moving off the list.
But others bucked the odds. Three middle schools made AYP for the first time - Wasilla, Colony and Palmer - as did the brand-new Mat-Su Career and Technical High School.
Read the full report at http://www.eed.state.ak.us/.