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WCPS Among Three School Systems to Achieve Adequate Yearly Progress in Every Elementary and Middle School

WCPS Among Three School Systems to Achieve Adequate Yearly Progress in Every Elementary and Middle School

Hagerstown, MD (July 21, 2009): WCPS school officials announced today that all elementary and middle schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) across the board. Washington County Public Schools is one of only three school systems in the state to achieve this status. The announcement was made at a press conference led by Wayne Ridenour, Board of Education (BOE) president, and Ruth Anne Callaham, BOE vice president. County Commissioner President John Barr and Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael also participated.
Joined by WCPS principals, teachers and staff, BOE members, Washington County Teachers Association and Educational Support Personnel representatives, and Washington County Teacher of the Year, Jamie Mason, WCPS officials enthusiastically announced that all elementary and middle schools met AYP for the 2008-09 school year. The presentation also detailed the results of the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) math and reading testing, from which AYP is based.
"I'm very proud of our entire school system for working as a team to achieve this great accomplishment," said Dr. Elizabeth M. Morgan, WCPS superintendent. "These kinds of results are only possible because of the dedicated collaboration of our faculty, staff and administrators."
"I couldn't be happier to share these results with you," said Ridenour. "What a tremendous success."
Ridenour presented elementary results from grades three through five, all of which were all-time high proficiency rates. At the elementary reading level several schools hit record highs, including Winter Street Elementary, which scored a nearly 10 percentage point increase over last year. Conococheague, Potomac Heights, Salem Avenue and Williamsport also achieved record highs. All-time high proficiency rates were also achieved in math. Maugansville is up nearly six percentage points to 93.2, Paramount is up 5.7 percentage points to 97.2, and Pleasant Valley set a school and county record with 98 percent math proficiency. Clear Spring, Eastern and Greenbrier also scored record-high math results.
Ridenour further explained that several schools achieved all-time highs in both reading and math. Cascade increased 9.2 percentage points in reading, up to 90.9, and 9.4 percentage points in math, up to 93.9. Fountain Rock increased 7.6 percentage points in math, up to 95.2. Emma K. Doub, Fountaindale, Lincolnshire, Old Forge, Pangborn and Sharpsburg also scored record highs in both math and reading.
The presentation also included MSA details, which indicated that in grades three through five, math and reading scores hit all-time high proficiency rates. When comparing the results to 2004 data, some proficiency rates have grown by up to 18 percentage points.
"The bar continues to be raised, and our students continue to rise above it," Ridenour added. "I applaud everyone who plays a role in this tremendous success."
"Thanks to all the faculty and staff for your dedication in seeing our students through another successful year," added Callaham. "And thank you to our students who clearly showed substantial growth and achievement."
Callaham presented the middle school data, grades six through eight, which mirrored results at the elementary level, with all middle schools setting all-time high proficiency rates across the board. For middle school reading, Springfield Middle gained 6.6 percentage points, and Northern Middle also had an all-time high score. For math and reading combined, Boonsboro, Clear Spring and E. Russell Hicks scored all-time highs.
Smithsburg Middle set a school and county record with a 93.7 reading proficiency score and a 92.5 math proficiency. Western Heights gained 14.1 percentage points in reading and 9.6 in math, which represents significant gains over last year. These record-setting Western Heights results equate to approximately 113 additional students achieving math proficiency over last year, and approximately 142 additional students achieving reading proficiency.
Callaham's presentation also included MSA details, which indicated that in grades six through eight, math and reading scores hit all-time high proficiency rates. When comparing the results to 2004 data, some proficiency rates have grown more than 20 percentage points.
"Clearly our investment and your investment in our children is working, and the commissioners are proud to play a role," said John Barr, president, Washington County Commissioners. "We have enjoyed a very successful working relationship with WCPS, and it is rewarding to see and hear about the growth and success of our school system."
"In case anyone wasn't keeping track, not only did WCPS make AYP across the board in every elementary and middle school, student achievement posted all-time highs on the MSA in all measured areas in grades three, four, five, six, seven and eight," added Ridenour.

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