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"Adequate Yearly Progress": A Thing of the Past

The beginning of the school year in West Virginia means the end of a phrase school administrators have come to know during the past decade.

"Adequate Yearly Progress", a result of No Child Left Behind, has been replaced in West Virginia with a process focusing more on accountability.

It uses factors to measure students' academic progress based on more than how they're currently doing in the classroom.

"A lot of schools were improving, and improving students' ability to succeed in school in large margin," says Dr. Pat Law, Superintendent of Wood County Schools. "But while all those students were improving, they weren't making the mark and reaching AYP."

Several of Wood County's schools did not meet goals set out in the new guidelines, but Dr. Law says what's more important is whether they will meet those goals in the future.


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