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Springfield High School falls short on AYP score

SPRINGFIELD-Springfield School District officials announced Springfield High School did not achieve annual yearly progress (AYP) for the 2011 academic "determination" year.

Bob Thibault, SHS principal, said AYP is the indicator the Vermont Department of Education uses to measure whether schools are progressing at the rate necessary to achieve total proficiency in 2014, as described by No Child Left Behind.

"AYP for each school is based on a variety of indicators, and for high schools, we use our NECAP scores on Reading and Math, and our 4-year, or cohort, graduation rate," Thibault said.

Springfield High School raised its graduation rate from 67.2 percent to 73.3 percent, from 2009 to 2010. Thibault said the administration is very pleased with this result, but aware it is still below the state average.

"As for our Reading and Math scores, we fell short in both, and as a result, did not achieve AYP as a school," Thibault noted.

Thibault also said the administration and staff will work hard to make improvements to programs as well as instruction.

"In short, we are proud of the progress we have made, but are acutely aware of how much farther we have to go," he said.

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