West Point Public School official were disappointed but not discouraged to find its name listed among the Nebraska Title I schools designated as “needs improvement” list under the federal education law called No Child Left Behind.
The list of schools was released last week, and continues to grow as the federal benchmark to hit is raised each year.
West Point Elementary School and its middle school were listed on the needs improvement list, and must notify parents of the status and prepare a plan of corrective action.
Title I schools are those that have a high percentage of students living in poverty as indicated by the number of free and reduced-price school lunches.
Federal AYP standards said 84 percent of all the district’s students, including special education and English language learners, had to meet the standards. The year before it was 65 percent of all the students.
For WPPS, 84 percent of its students equals 693 of its 2012-2013 enrollment of 825. That leaves about 132 who wouldn’t have had to meet the standards, which isn’t a lot when one considers the number of special education students the district serves.
This year, 94 percent of the students will have to be proficient and the following year, 100 percent.
See full story in the Oct. 16 West Point News