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Six area elementary schools on list of schools not making "yearly adequate progress"

Six School District 833 elementary schools are on the list of schools not making "adequate yearly progress," according to the Minnesota Department of Education.

The schools include Cottage Grove, Hillside, Pine Hill, Pullman, Royal Oaks and Woodbury elementary schools.

Cottage Grove, Hillside, Royal Oaks, Woodbury and Pine Hill on are the list for the second year. Pullman is new to the list.

Four district schools including Cottage Grove and Oltman junior high schools, Newport Elementary School and Park High Schools are off the list.

Each year, since 2000, results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests, given in the spring, are sorted into subgroups that include students from families with low incomes, not proficient in English, special education and ethnic groups.

Schools are placed on the "not making adequate yearly progress" list if one or more of the subgroups did not pass reading and math tests.

Schools with low attendance and high schools with low graduation rates are also put on the list, but District 833 has not been put of the list for those reasons in the nine years tests have been given.

The percentage of students needing to pass the tests goes up every year. In 2008, the percentage of students needing to pass fifth-grade math was 66 percent. This year, 71 percent had to pass the test, according to state education officials.

List of schools not making "adequate yearly progress" are required under the federal No Child Left Behind law, which mandates 100 percent of students must pass tests by 2014.

At the same time more schools were added to the statewide list of schools not making "adequate yearly progress," 50 schools came off the list.

Anoka Hennepin, White Bear Lake and South Washington County Schools each had four schools come off the list.

If a school district has one or more schools not making "adequate yearly progress," the district also makes the list.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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