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Some Amarillo Schools Do Not Make the Grade

"There's just a small number of students who just did not make that threshold, and that caused that school to get that label," said Rod Schroder, Superintendent of Amarillo Independent School District. "There's just a small number of students who just did not make that threshold, and that caused that school to get that label," said Rod Schroder, Superintendent of Amarillo Independent School District.

When it comes to making the grade, three Amarillo high schools and two middle schools miss the mark. Caprock High School, Palo Duro High, Tascosa High, Bowie Middle, and Travis Middle Schools all fell short of the "Adequate Yearly Progress", or AYP.

"There's just a small number of students who just did not make that threshold, and that caused that school to get that label," said Rod Schroder, Superintendent of Amarillo Independent School District. The formula is complex, but it all breaks down to whether the schools "meet" or "miss" the AYP, when it comes to Mathematics and Reading.

Schroder said he would appeal Travis' listing because he said the attendance had improved. In all of the Amarillo schools, certain sub-groups kept the schools from meeting the AYP requirements. The groups are broken down into ethnic/racial lines such as African-American, Hispanic, and White. As well as Economically Disadvantage, Special Education, and English-Learners.

For example, at Caprock High School, for the Math portion of the exam, the school did not meet the mark by just eight Hispanic students, and six "economically disabled" students, according to stastistics provided by the district. "There's just a small number of students who just did not make that threshold, and that caused the school to get that label," said Schroder.

The fact that an entire school would be labeled because of a few sub-groups didn't sit well with at least one parent. "They shouldn't judge it on a few that didn't pass it," said Anthony Cordova, the parent of a Caprock senior. According to Schroder, another reason the schools did not meet the requirements was because the standards were drastically increased.

"There was this huge jump and that caught a lot of people off guard, especially in Math, because that's always been a problem with us," said Schroder. But overall, Amarillo's schools did fairly well for the 2006-2007 school year. "92% of our schools met AYP and I think that's an important number because I don't want this accomplishment to be overshadowed because of a few schools who did not meet the mark", said Schroder. 
  

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