Release of AYP results delayed

Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers

Curry County school officials canceled today’s press conference announcing the results of the 2006-2007 Adequate Yearly Progress report.

Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said flaws in the New Mexico Public Education Department data delayed the release of the information.

Seidenwurm said by law the state has until Aug. 5 to provide the AYP report state school districts.

Seidenwurm said school districts across the state — including Clovis — detected flaws in the final report when they were received this morning. She said preliminary data the school received last week appeared to be correct.

Seidenwurm said the Clovis results included incorrect data relating to the number of students in the Hispanic, English-language learner and special education subgroups.

She said other districts reported different flaws in their reports.

The No Child Left Behind Act measures schools performance in reading and math skills. The goal of the federal measure is to have all students proficient in math and reading by the 2013-2014 school year.

Schools failing the AYP two years in a row have to give parents the option of sending their children to schools that have met AYP standards, or give one-on-one tutoring with an outside agency, which the school will pay for. The state can take over the school if it fails the AYP five years in a row.