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12 TUESDAY, AUGUST 5- THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2008 NEWS cape (;azett Cape district turns out four superior schools Three miss standards; board members say reallocate resources Board member Allan Redden said the high school has one cell that is not making the cut. 'hat's one of the problems with By Leah Hoenen able. Mariner Middle School im- No Child Left Behind - one cell proved from being under aca- out of 40 can cause the whole demic review last year. The Sus- school to go down. But, that's the sex Consortium is also a superior law," Redden said. school. To form a cell, a school must Cape Henlopen High School is have 40 or more members of the on academic watch for the sec- same population, including eth- ond year. Fulton said, last year, nic minorities and economic the high school missed three tar- groups, Fulton said. gets among African -American Fulton said, "It doesn't matter students, and this year missed if you miss one cell or 10, you get just one. "If you don't meet one the same rating." of any of your cells, you miss Wray said the school district AYP [adequate yearly progress] must reallocate resources in the and get academic review," Fulton district and give more to the explained, saying there is no in schools that need help and that between with the No Child Left have significant pockets of low- Behind law of 2001. income students. "It's not rocket School board member Spencer science. You're only as strong as Brittingham said the district your weakest link," he said, not- must take a hard look at the Mil- ing that minority students in the ton area and at the high school, district continually fall behind in He said the poor-performing scores as they reach higher schools are in areas with a con- grades. centration of low-income and Redden has also called for re- single-parent families, source reallocation to the Board member Gary Wray schools with groups of students, said the high school's rating is including low-income and mi- unacceptable and the communi- norifies, that need extra help. He ty expects better. He said the $73 said he does not think recent million high school set to open in state funding cuts to school dis- 2010 will be the premier building tricts will have a major effect on in the state and must have the such plans to move resources. premier academics to match. Board member Camilla Con- Ion also supports moving re- sources to those schools that are not performing to par. "We need to focus on the schools that are under academic review, but not at the expense of our superior schools," she said. She said it might be that schools under re- view need things superior schools do not. Fulton said district-wide there is much work to be done, with special emphasis on the high school He said it is possible for H.O. Brittingham and Milton Ele- mentary School ratings to be bumped up to superior if a few students raise their test scores following summer school. However, because the high school has been on academic watch for two years and has been mandated to make an improve- ment plan, it will take two years of meeting standards in all cate- gories at that school for it to be State school accountability rat- ings have been released and the results for the Cape Henlopen School District are mixed. Four district schools have won superi- or ratings from the state and one has been marked commendable, while two are on academic re- view and one is on academic watch. School board members say re- sources must be put into those schools that are not meeting state standards. Two district elementary schools - Rehoboth and Shields - have been awarded superior rat- ings, while their sister schools, H.O. Brittingham and Milton Ele- mentary, are rated as academic review schools. The two aca- demic review elementary schools missed the English and language arts target by 2 percent in one student category, said Robert FultOn, director of ac- countability and school improve- ment. Beacon Middle School is a su: perior school and Mariner Mid- dle School is rated commend- removed from the watch list, Ful- ton said. Currently, 68 percent of stu- dents in each category must meet or exceed English and lan- guage arts standards and 50 per- cent must meet or exceed math standards, Fulton said. 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