4 schools get failing grades on standards

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By Jennifer Garcia

There’s something amiss with Los Alamos Public Schools.

For the second year in a row, Los Alamos High School has failed to meet adequate yearly progress, yet the school was recently awarded a silver medal by U.S. News and World Report for the third straight year.

Three other schools, Barranca Elementary, Mountain Elementary and Los Alamos Middle School, also failed to meet AYP this year.

This is the first time since 2007 that Barranca has not met AYP requirements. It’s the second time Mountain has not met requirements — they also failed in 2007.

Los Alamos Middle School met the requirements in 2008 and 2009, but came up short in 2007.

Los Alamos high school has only met requirements once — in 2008 — during the four-year period.

Even though the federal government mandates through No Child Left Behind that schools should meet proficiency standards by 2014, that may not be a reasonable goal for some schools. LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the government’s goal may be attainable by his school district, but it’s probably unrealistic.

“We’ll strive to do as well as we can,” he said. “We’re working on identifying and tracking academic growth. Everybody should benefit from being in the LAPS school system.”

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