Some Valley Schools Missing the Grade

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

The law is confusing, but the numbers are clear. Four schools; Riverheads Elementary, Beverly Manor Middle, Stuarts Draft Middle, and Stewart Middle; all failed to meet at least one of the bench marks for No Child Left Behind.

"Three of the schools missed in English, and those schools made 28 of 29 standards. Beverly Manor also missed it in with the disabled population, so they made 27 of the 29 standards," says Dr. Gary McQuain.

The numbers don't reflect on all students. Instead, they're based in sub-groups, such as students with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged, and students who have English as a second language. Scores in Math, English, Science, and in some cases even attendance can play a part.

And at least 61-percent of the students in those groups have to pass. McQuain says explaining that to parents is a challenge.

"You have an evaluation process that's sort of federally mandated, which is the No child Left Behind legislation. And in a few weeks, you'll be getting accreditation scores, which is the state accreditation process, which they look at the same scores but differently than the federal government does," says McQuain.

Shelburne Middle in Staunton and Kate Collins in Waynesboro also missed one of the benchmarks.

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