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Published April 30, 2010, 10:09 PM

Grafton Schools Make AYP Goals

The schools in Grafton have something to celebrate this year and its something that hasn't happened in many years.

The schools in Grafton have something to celebrate this year and its something that hasn't happened in many years. All of Grafton Schools made their Adequate Yearly Progress goals this year. This is an achievement that has happened for 4 years.

When this year's Adequate Yearly Progress test results came in, the Grafton School District was happy to find out that all of their schools passed. Central Middle school has not met this goal in 4 years.

Jill Olson/Principal: "This year I went and talked to the entire student body about the importance of it and showed them the past trend at our building and our scores from the last few years and told them we will be celebrating pretty big if we made AYP."

Principal Olson says they also added a new curriculum, added new staff and started utilizing smaller learning groups. Central Middle School has been on a Probation since they first failed AYP and that allowed them to get more teachers.

Jill Olson/Principal: "You need to make AYP two years in a row to get off program improvement status and being in Program Improvement does allow you some additional funding."

Next October they are hoping to pass AYP again to get off Probation but that's a whole other ball game.

Jill Olson/Principal:"Next year the cut scores, the percentages raise so the score goes up again in reading and math so it will be more of a challenge to meet AYP next year."

This year all the schools excelled in the math portions of the test.

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