theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Ada City Schools News

November 10, 2011

Testing key to school's future

Ada —  

Ada Public Schools Superintendent Pat Harrison said he is hopeful Washington Grade Center will make it off a federal needs improvement list following this school year’s tests.

“We met adequate yearly progress this year,” Harrison said.

He said schools who don’t meet that progress two years in a row land on the list and must meet that progress two years in a row to be taken off the list.

“We have to score well again this year to totally get off the list,” he said.

Ada Public Schools Business and Federal Programs Manager Mike Anderson said Washington Grade Center was given an allocation of money funneled through the state from the federal government to help schools on the list improve.

“(Allocations) are made based on poverty levels — free and reduced lunch counts,” he said.  “Our four elementary sites are the four sites that qualify for Title I funding.”

He said the additional allocations are supposed to be used on supplemental educational materials and services, such as tutoring, summer school and test remediation.

Anderson said while most schools have to take federal funding from their general budget to allow student transfers to schools not on the list, Washington Grade Center isn’t forced to use its money that way.

“In our district, since we have grade centers, (students) don’t have that option,” he said.  “We got a waiver for that and we did not have to set aside money for public school choice.”

He said schools that make the list for two years have to set aside part of their budget for supplemental educational services.

“We avoided that this year because Washington made adequate yearly progress so we’re still looked at as a first-year school,” he said.

Anderson said he believes the additional allocations helped Washington Grade Center to meet adequate yearly progress last year.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Ada City Schools News
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Stocks
Poll

For years, Oklahoma was a mostly Democratic state. In recent years, there has been a swing to Republican affiliation. Have you changed your political affiliation to Republican?

Yes
No
     View Results