Longview I.S.D. Schools Miss Federal Standards, Improve State Status

POSTED: Friday, August 7, 2009 - 9:32pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:04pm

LONGVIEW - Linda Rothluebber's thirteen year-old daughter will be an eighth grader at Foster Middle School this year.

She says they chose Foster because of its reputation.

"It was a good program, a safe program, and a challenging program," Mrs. Rothluebber says.

But all Longview middle schools missed the federal A.Y.P. or Adequate Yearly Progress standard this year and last year.

Mathematics and reading are what need to be worked on at each school, reports show.

At Longview High School, it's math and the graduation rate that made them miss the standard.

Part of the reason, officials say, is due to the No Child Left Behind Act. The standards keep rising.

For state requirements, Longview I.S.D. officials say, it's been a successful year.

"We consider it a success, we do see, however, the issue we're seeing in the middle school is an issue," Rebeca Cooper from Longview I.S.D. says.

Officials say, if it weren't for the district's science scores, the state would consider Longview I.S.D. an exemplary campus.

There's one exemplary school in Longview I.S.D., Hudson Elementary, it's been that way since 2004.

This year, six campuses are recognized, one is unacceptable, and five are acceptable.
officials say they're making changes to improve those ratings.

"We see the needs that we have both in math and science, and we're addressing those needs, but we fully expect in the next year or two, we'll be an exemplary district," Ms. Cooper says.

But for now, Mrs. Rothluebber says, she's pleased, "I think it's been good, my daughter's done well, academically on target."

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