Thursday we showed you how our area measures up when it came to school’s meeting their Adequate Yearly Progress standards. AYP results are part of No Child Left Behind, which is intended to hold schools accountable for student’s performance on standardized exams. Just 5 out of 14 Bladen County schools met Adequate Yearly Progress requirements. Even so, some Bladen County parents we spoke with said they are not concerned, and they believe schools are doing all they can. The AYP results may not show it, but students in Bladen County are making progress. "There is a lot of room for growth, but we are working on them. Sometimes numbers aren't quite what they seem to be either, but I think we have a lot of better days in the future," said Bladen County parent, Ray Britt. Britt is a parent, who works on the advisory board at his son's high school. He said the low percentage of passing schools is misleading. Other parents agree. "I just don't agree with standardize testing anyway, even though I know we have to do it, but I don't agree with it. It doesn't show a true student, it doesn't show their true ability,” said Leslie Sinclair, also a Bladen County parent. In the 2006-2007 school year, 6 out of 14 Bladen County schools met AYP, but only one school achieved high growth. Recent scores show, 5 out of 14 schools met AYP, but nine schools achieved high growth. School officials said those figures show their students are heading in the right direction. Parents say scores do not take parental involvement into account, or the lack thereof. “There are so many parents that do not help with homework. There are kids who go home that don't have after school care provided for them. They are just latchkey kids that don't do their homework; they are going to sit in front of a computer or television." It is important to point out that the state raised standards for schools this year over last year. Bladen County's superintendent told WWAY he is pleased, but not fully satisfied with the progress the schools are making.
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