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All but 1 Lawrence school meet ‘Standard of Excellence’

September 19, 2012

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For the third year in a row, Kennedy School was the only school in the Lawrence district not to meet the “Standard of Excellence” distinction on the state’s standardized assessments.

The Kansas Department of Education released its list of schools that made the grade for the standard on Tuesday.

Schools can qualify by grade level or buildingwide in each of the different subject areas assessed. A building must meet adequate yearly progress and have a minimum percentage of students at the “exemplary” performance level as well as a maximum percentage of scores in the “academic warning” level. More information about the criteria can be found at the KDE’s website.

Thirteen of the 14 elementary schools made the standard buildingwide in reading, and all but Kennedy, Prairie Park and Sunset Hill in math. Statewide, there were 3,081 awards in reading, 2,816 in math, 432 in science and 160 in history/government, according to a news release from the department.

This year is the Standard of Excellence’s last; the state will no longer calculate adequate yearly progress after it gained a waiver from laws put in place by the No Child Left Behind Act in July.

Below are Lawrence schools with the category each received Standard of Excellence scores in:

Elementary schools

• Broken Arrow School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math buildingwide and grades 3 through 5; science buildingwide.

• Cordley School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math in grades 4 and 5 and buildingwide; science buildingwide.

• Deerfield School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math in grades 4 and 5 and buildingwide; science buildingwide.

• Hillcrest School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5.

• Kennedy School: no category.

• Langston Hughes School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5.

• New York School: reading buildingwide and in grades 4 and 5; math buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5.

• Pickney School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; science buildingwide.

• Prarie Park School: reading buildingwide and in grade 4; buildingwide in science.

• Quail Run School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; science buildingwide.

• Schwegler School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5.

• Sunflower School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 and 4; math buildingwide and 3 and 5.

• Sunset Hill School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 and 4; math in grade 3.

• Woodlawn School: reading buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5; math buildingwide and in grades 3 through 5.

Middle schools

• Liberty Memorial Central Middle School: reading buildingwide and in grades 7 and 8.

• South Middle School: reading buildingwide and in grades 6 through 8.

• Southwest Middle School: reading buildingwide and in grades 6 through 8; math buildingwide and in grades 6 through 8.

• West Middle School: reading buildingwide and in grades 6 through 8; math buildingwide and in grades 7 and 8.

High schools

• Lawrence High School: reading buildingwide; math buildingwide.

• Free State High School: reading buildingwide; math buildingwide.

Virtual schools

• Lawrence Virtual School: reading, buildingwide and 3 through 8 except for 4.

• Lawrence Virtual High School: reading buildingwide; science buildingwide.

Comments

Carol Bowen 1 year, 10 months ago

Hello. Could you put this information in the newspaper? A reader should not be redirected to another medium. It's really irritating to not be able to finish the article in the newspaper. What about those who do not go on line? Is the Journal World gradually letting printed news go?

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alex_garrison 1 year, 10 months ago

This story was in today's paper (on 6A) minus the full list of schools, which was omitted for space.

Thanks,

Alex Garrison

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 10 months ago

Scream at me all you want, but we are not doing these kids any favors by keeping Kennedy open. It can't be just the poor neighborhoods because schools like New York and Woodlawn are passing.

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Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you for your comment. I completely agree with you! It's actually a very good school. Grades and tests don't show all the aspects of a school.

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Tara Painter 1 year, 10 months ago

or how about my kids overcome selfish rich people! Don't talk about people you don't even know.

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PopcornLover 1 year, 10 months ago

Closing the school and shoving these children into classrooms of 20+ kids WILL NOT do them any favors.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 10 months ago

My kids did go to Kennedy and was not impressed. Increasing class sizes is not a bad thing if it's to a better school, one that meets the “Standard of Excellence”.

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kuguardgrl13 1 year, 10 months ago

It really won't. The teachers at Kennedy try the best they can with their students. I spent some time volunteering there with third grade last year. There are students who are able to be successful. Throwing those who aren't succeeding into a better school won't help them if they aren't getting support at home. Even an undereducated parent can help their child if they encourage them to do their homework and turn it in. I've heard of teachers who will stay after school with students who aren't able to do their homework at home for whatever reason. We as a community need to help and support Kennedy students, not belittle them. This is why the approaching bond is so important. If we aren't willing to support the youth in Lawrence, then expect to see low test scores.

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chootspa 1 year, 10 months ago

Unless Lawrence gave their teachers raises or something... http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/jul...

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Topple 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow, that's a lot of awards considering the funding issues our schools are seeing.

Are the standards really low or is Lawrence just exceptional?

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cowboy 1 year, 10 months ago

A testament to our hard working teachers. Think its easy go do it for a day.

Pinckney Rocks !

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PopcornLover 1 year, 10 months ago

HEY LJ WORLD! Kennedy MADE AYP last year in reading and math...how about at least a kudos for that!?

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Tara Painter 1 year, 10 months ago

or the fact that were the only schoo supporting Early Childhood kids, lets see everyones test scores if they had early childhood in there school!

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patterte 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, other schools have "poor neighborhoods" but Kennedy has the lowest percentage of low SES students of any school in the district. And it's not just the socio-economic status that's at issue-- for example, doctoral students with children might be low income, but highly educated and therefore more likely to prep their kids for school. Not a lot of PhD students living around Kennedy. (And your insults to their grammar are just rude-- they have a right to their opinion even if they can't express themselves as well as you imagine yourself to.)

It's not just the money. It's the education level, it's the lack of familiarity with the way schools work, it's parents holding down three jobs, and the lack of commitment by the community to support these families. Shutting down Kennedy means these kids become the bullied poor kids wherever they go. And there's nothing exceptional going on at any other school that's going to magically, suddenly bring kids up to AYP who have entered grade school significantly behind their peers in other schools. In fact, it is a testament to Kennedy that by middle school and high school, standards are being met. These kids don't magically test out once they hit 6th grade-- YEARS of education by the dedicated Kennedy staff brings them there.

I know this because my kids go to Kennedy. I sat through a year of consolidation meetings hearing folks extol the virtues of their schools, celebrating some asinine things in the attempt to save themselves. But the idea of closing a school of kids who NEED a local school, a great school, because they aren't progressing fast enough-- well that's just as asinine. Closing Kennedy would just be one more way of quitting these kids.

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sinkorswim 1 year, 10 months ago

Hey ljworld! Might you want to mention the fact Kennedy made AYP in both reading and math last year instead of dumping negative press on them year after year? Math scores increased by 20%! How about how hard the students and their parents work, many with adverse conditions that many at other schools cannot begin to imagine? What about the blood, sweat, and tears shed by the staff while they tirelessly (and enthusiastically) work to meet the needs of the students (academically, socially, emotionally, physically)?? Perhaps there are things to celebrate, while working to show continuing growth and achievement!? Just a thought...

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Tara Painter 1 year, 10 months ago

Yes, there scores have gone up, my son was so happy too, it would be like a punch in the face to hear that everyone don't think its good enough.

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