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PHOTOS BY PAtti CARPENTER District No. 2 board continues to review test scores BY PATTI CARPENTER In an ongoing effort to strengthen stu- dent performance and meet state and feder- al academic requirements, the District No. 2 school board continued to make student test scores a priority item on their agenda at their September school board meeting. Curriculum Director Nancy Cerroni made a presentation to the board regarding the district's AYP standing. Adequate Yearly Progress is the re- quirement under the No Child Loft Behind legislation for schools and districts to show annual improvement toward goals set by the federal government in specific educational areas. "AYP does have an expectation for pro- ficiency," explained Cerroni. "Among other indicators it has an academic expectation. The academic expectations involve all of the students and subgroups that are defined (by law) and all of those groups are expected to meet a target." One area tested is language arts, which is a combined area that includes reading and writing. The subgroup of middle school spe- cial education students did not make AYP standing in this area. "The intent (of No Child Left Behind) was not to leave any child behind regard- less of ethnicity, socio-economic status or disability," said Cerroni. "I think it's a wor- thy thing, but I think we're beginning to see where sometimes goals and reality don't jibe." "AYP is a numbers game," explained Cerroni. "The magic number is 30. If you have fewer than 30 students in a subgroup you fly under the AYP radar. If you have more than 30 students in a subgroup all of a sudden you are put in the AYP spotlight." According to Cerroni, it came as no sur- prise that the middle school subgroup of special education needed to work on reading progress. Cerroni explained how the bar is raised each year for the number of students expect- ed to meet AYP requirements in each sub- group with a goal of all students eventually measuring 100 percent proficient in the ar- eas tested. According to Cerroni, all groups have shown progress including this small subgroup of about 30 students in middle school special education. "We do have to recognize the flaw in No Child Left Behind," said Cerroni. "It's a flawed system, but it is what it is right now." "As it stands right now it should be a growth model," added Superintendent Dan Coe. "That is what the push has been for, with testing at the beginning of the year, testing at the end of year and then measur- ing growth. The idea is to measure growth because there is no way any school in the country is going to have 100 percent profi- ciency. Everybody knows that." "I think there are things we can do to work on this," said Cerroni. "Right now we have a reading initiative in our district and we're bringing in Dr. Tim Rush to work with our secondary teachers and Mrs. Hoffman will be working with her elementary teach- ers to try to improve reading instruction in the district. We also will have an LMS (Lovell Middle School) AYP improvement plan and that will be in conjunction with the school's plan to address this very issue." According to Cerroni, the test results raise the question, "How can regular educa- tion and special education collaborate to im- prove the performance for all students?" "This is not just a special ed problem," said Cerroni. "This is a district problem." Next, principal Scott O'Tremba re- viewed average ACT scores of high school students. After reviewing three years of data, Oremba made the comment that he thought the data was "all over the place." "The ACT is not something we walk them (the students) through like we would with PAWS (another type of testing)," ex- plained O'Tremba. Students tested well in English, accord- ing to Oremba, students scored better than the previous year and above the state average. In both math and science, student scores were influenced by incorrect informa- tion. He gave the example that students fill See 'TEST SCORES' page 7 Dearer site of redistricting meeting Tuesday night BY DAVID PECK The Deaver Community Center will be the site of a meeting next Tuesday to dis- cuss voting boundary and legislative dis- trict plans for the northern Big Horn Ba- sin, Rep. Elaine Harvey announced this week. The meeting featuring Harvey, Sen. Ray Peterson and Rep. Dave Bonner is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the commu- nity center in Dearer. Harvey explained that a Wyoming Supreme Court decision many years ago requires the Wyoming Legislature go through a redistricting process every 10 years following the census under the prin- ciple of "one person, one vote." "That's why there are no county lines anymore (for legislative districts)," Harvey said. "Every legislator represents a similar number of people." When she first took office, Harvey said she represented around 8,000 people, but now she represents nearly 9,000 resi- dents. The ideal, based on the state popula- tion, is 9,394 people, and the court allows a deviation of plus or minus 5 percent. Un- der a plan worked out among legislators in the Big Horn Basin, Harvey said she would represent 8,964 residents, which is a deviation of 4.6 percent. We've worked really hard to try and maintain six representatives and three senators in the Big Horn Basin," Harvey said. "To do that, House District 28 has to reach into Fremont County to get enough people. It will have a minus-4.9 percent de- viation, even with Shoshoni and Lysite and parts of Meeteetse and Willwood south of the Shoshone River. "Lorraine (Quarberg, R-Thermopolis) will have constituents in four counties." District 28 also includes Basin and Burlington and part of Emblem south of U.S. 14-16-20, Harvey said. House District 27 includes Washakie County and part of Big Horn County including Manderson, Hyattville and the Nowood area east of the Big Horn River. House District 25 has excess popula- tion due to growth in Powell, so Harvey said her district- 26--will now encompass a different part of Park County, under the current plan. She said the legislature es- tablished guidelines to follow that include "communities of interest." "I asked for the Park County side of Deaver and Frannie, following the fire and cemetery district line," she said. "I got that. I also had to go into the rural Gar- land area." The redistricting proposal will be ex- plained to citizens at a series of meetings, beginning with Tuesday's meeting in Deav- er. Future meetings will be held Oct. 5 in Cody, Oct. 12 in Basin, Oct. 13 in Ther- mopolis and Oct. 17 at the courthouse in Basin when the plan will be explained to county clerks from the basin. Harvey said an attempt is being made to have the re- districting follow the boundaries of special See 'REDISTRICTING' page 8 PATTI CARPENTER Trucks lined up to deliver thousands of pounds of beets at the Western Sugar Factory in Lovell leaving a huge pile within hours of the plant firing up its equipment. The campaign officially began on Monday and will continue for approximately five months, during which beets are sliced and diced and turned into refined sugar. 'Rock the Wranglers' at RMHS next week BY DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain High School will celebrate Home- coming 2011 next week to the theme of Rock the Wran- glers, leading up to Friday afternoon's game against the Shoshoni Wranglers in Cowley. Student council spon- sor Lea Sorenson students will decorate the school on Monday and Tuesday and on Wednesday through home room period, with awards for the best side- walk, bulletin board and banner to be presented lat- er in the week. Dress-up days are as follows: Monday - Decade Day, with seniors dressing like the '80s, juniors the '70s, sophomores the '60s and freshmen the '50s. Tuesday - Character Day, with students dress- ing like their favorite char- acter. Wednesday - Class Color Day with seniors dressing in blue, juniors red, sophomores green, freshmen yellow and staff members black. Thursday- Geek/Nerd/ Gangster Day. Friday - Brown and Gold Day. The annual Home- coming Olympics will be held in the auxiliary gym Wednesday after lunch, and on Thursday, boys will gather wood for the bonfire while girls paint the foot- ball field. The annual Navajo Taco Dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Great Hall, followed by the pep rally and bon- fire on the football field. Homecoming royalty will be crowned. The Homecoming Pa- rade will be held Friday at 10 a.m. and will include floats, the school drum line and banners. The parade will wind its way to the elementary school, where students will conduct a pep rally for elementary students. After returning to the high school, a talent show and awards assem- bly will be held announc- ing decorating winners and the winner of the spir- it trophy. The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies will host the Sho- shoni Wranglers at 4 p.m. "Senior Night" parent/ player announcements will be held before the game for the football, volleyball, cross country and cheer- leading programs. An evening volleyball match against Bridget has been cancelled, but there will be a dance from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Great Hall. The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548.2217. www Iovellchronicle corn irlvlLq,l!llru!Ll!UllU IIIIIHIIIII IIIII I I IIII