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Board of Education member-elect is concerned about AYP scores

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Only 26 percent of New Hanover County schools met AYP in the reading category this year. Both parents and a new member of the school board are concerned about the results. “It's shocking,” said Lisa McGee. Lisa McGee represents many parents baffled that only 10 out of 38 New Hanover County schools passed their Adequate Yearly Progress report, or AYP's; a test designed to assess student’s knowledge in reading and math. Students are broken up into subgroups based on race, learning disability and economic status. If a certain group fails, the whole school is affected. McGee's daughter, Malikka, attends New Hanover High School, one of the schools that failed. “Something needs to be done. I don't know how, but I think that's the Board of Education’s thing now. It needs to go there,” said McGee. School board member-elect, Elizabeth Redenbaugh, said, “With the AYP results coming back this week it does indicate that we have a lot of problems within our school system.” In January, Elizabeth Redenbaugh will be the newest elected member to the county's school board. She says low risk schools perform better, but the overall test is getting harder for students. During her 4-year term, Redenbaugh wants to work with board members on a strategic plan for improving scores, while holding public hearings with teachers, parents, and the community for additional input. “In the long term I'm very hopeful that we'll see more of an effort to improve our school system, because I think you'll see that people will realize if we fail our children now we're going to pay a bigger price down the road,” Redenbaugh said. The AYP report is a program under No Child Left Behind, which is a federal law that requires all public school children to perform at grade level by the 2013-2014 school year. A spokesperson for county's school system said she is positive the scores will get better.

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This article doesn't tell

This article doesn't tell the whole story. Schools have to meet progress goals in both reading and math scores to meet AYP. Standardized math tests were revamped this year, making the tests much more difficult than in the past. Even schools with a history of high test scores saw a significant dip in their math scores. The same thing happened with standardized reading tests a few years ago. Reading scores came back up within a year for some subgroups.

Perhaps

part of the problem is "absentee" parenting. Go to any of the malls on the week-ends and see the children dropped off as though the mall is a day care center. Go to PTA meetings and see how sparse the attendance is in many of the meetings. Look at the parents who are uninvolved throughout the year in their child's education. Can't help the child with homework if Monday or Thursday Night football is on. But at year's end, they are up in arms for a day or two when the child brings home dismal results. Success in school begins with responsible parenting at home. Look at the schools which posted stellar results and you will likely find parents involved in the child's education every day. These same parents know what their children are doing when not at home. These same parents lead by living a responsible life.

Teaching to a Test is the Problem

Does Elizabeth Redenbaugh have children in NHC Schools? If she does she'd realize that teacher's can't teach children...they teach to a test thanks to No Child Left Behind. Bascially teachers have to just brush the surface to cover all the material kids need to know in order to take the test...It's a no win situation. I don't think its the school system or the teacher's fault...I think teaching to a test and not to a child is the reason.