So here’s what Jumpin’ Jane Reilly wrote about Ridgewood High School being placed on the NCLB Early Warning List (as posted last night on the official Ridgewood BOE web site):
District Passes All 40 of 40 NCLB Criteria for ’05-06 The Ridgewood School District met or exceeded the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) on 40 of 40 criteria established by the federal legislation No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The outcome is based on the results of New Jersey state tests administered during the 2005-2006 school year. Under NCLB, all students in grades 3-8 and in one grade in high school must be tested once a year in reading and mathematics. All students are expected to score at the “proficient” level or above on state-administered tests by 2014. Until then, students are expected to meet increasing benchmarks in proficiency. Subgroups of students, including low-income, black, Hispanic, special education students and English language learners, also must meet the same AYP standards on the same set of tests. If they do not, the entire school is deemed to have failed. Because the 11th grade special education students did not meet AYP in the 2004-2005 language arts test, Ridgewood High School was given an early warning status. RHS needs two consecutive years of meeting all criteria to be removed from the early warning list.
Wow! Great spin Jane! Unfortunately, most taxpayers can easily discern the difference between propaganda and factual information. Nice try, but we’re not buying the bridge this time.