SOLs scores in, news mixed
The SOL scores are in, and in Charlottesville the news is mixed. On the bright side: the school division itself made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the first time, as did Buford Middle and Walker Upper Elementary schools.
On the downside: neither Charlottesville High School nor Clark Elementary made AYP, a benchmark set by the federal government that requires schools to show improvement in subjects and in various groups of students. For Clark, which had to offer its students a choice of other city schools after it failed to make AYP in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005, the news is particularly disappointing. When a school receives Title I funds from the federal government– as every city elementary except Venable does– failure to make AYP is a frightening development, since the government will pull those funds after repeated failures.
But, according to assistant superintendent Gertrude Ivory, the little Belmont elementary school won't face sanctions again unless it fails to make AYP a second year in a row.