Clearfield Schools Make AYP

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Area School District Board of Directors heard a report from Director of Curriculum and Instruction Bruce Nicolls at Monday’s meeting.

Among the information relayed was that the district is making Adequate Yearly Progress on the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments test.

There are some challenges, ahead, he said, noting that progress needs to be made in all areas with a special emphasis on economically disadvantaged and special education students. Economically disadvantaged students are those who receive free or reduced lunches. Both subcategories are tracked to measure performance on the PSSAs as is the overall progress of the school’s tested students.

The schools will also be required to have higher percentages of students with a score of “proficient” in 2008, with 63 percent proficient in reading and 56 percent proficient in math.

The middle school is taking a proactive approach to the reading goals. Middle School Principal Tim Meckey said students there are seeing increased amounts of independent reading time.

He said parents can also aid their children’s success by heeding a letter that went home with students earlier in the year. That correspondence asks parents to match the amount of independent reading time given in schools with children reading 30 to 45 minutes daily at home.

For additional information, log onto the school district’s Web site for links.

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