OGDEN -- Valley View Elementary School in Roy is the only Title I school in Weber School District that didn't meet the Adequate Yearly Progress testing under the No Child Left Behind federal mandate for the 2009-10 school year.
The school made AYP the year before, said Weber District testing coordinator Scott Zelmer. Four schools, Club Heights, Lakeview, North Park and Roosevelt, all had passing AYP scores this year after failing the year before. The sixth Title I school in the district, Washington Terrace, has passed AYP for the last two years. No junior high schools or high schools in Weber School District are Title I schools.
Zelmer said the schools that passed this year after failing the year before have worked hard to pass.
"I'm not surprised. The principals and teachers have made tremendous efforts to improve their scores," Zelmer said.
Statewide, Title I test scores were down this year, so the fact that four schools in the district that failed the year before passed this year says a lot, Zelmer said.
Valley View didn't pass in the language area and if one area doesn't pass, the whole test is considered to be a fail. He knows that Valley View will look at what happened and improve their scores for next year.
"All of our schools take education very seriously and are working hard to make sure they are meeting the needs of all groups," Zelmer said.
No schools in the district are in any danger of being on program improvement. Program improvement is a "probation" that schools are put under if they fail to meet AYP requirements for more than two years in a row.
The rest of the state's AYP scores will be available to the public Wednesday. Zelmer sits on the committee that approves appeals, for which schools can apply if they have failed to meet AYP. Those appeals can be made until about noon Wednesday, he said. At that time the rest of the scores will be released.
This year, Title I scores had to be released before school started so that parents could decide if they wanted to continue sending their children to schools that hadn't met AYP requirements.