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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