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Hartselle schools achieve all goals

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — Just days before students here report for the new school term, Superintendent William Michael Reed was busy e-mailing staff members.

For the second consecutive year, Hartselle schools met every goal on the state's Adequate Yearly Progress report.

"We couldn't do it without them," Reed said about teachers, students and parents in the Hartselle system.

The Alabama Department of Education released the reports to superintendents last week. Reed shared Hartselle's with his faculty Monday.

Hartselle is the only system in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties where every school site made Adequate Yearly Progress.

The federal No Child Left Behind legislation is setting the scoring levels that Alabama students must meet.

The law mandates that students in grades three through eight be tested in reading and math and that high school students be tested once in the same subjects.

The federal government requires schools to make Adequate Yearly Progress, meaning all students — white, black, Hispanic, poor, privileged and handicapped — are doing math and reading at grade level.

"It's because of the hard work of the staff," Reed said about Hartselle's test scores. "Without outstanding teachers we wouldn't be where we are."

In reading, every school site scored high for the second year. The system had 100 percent participation and every school site met its proficiency goal.

Reading is one of the areas to which Hartselle is paying attention because these are the second test results since the system added the Alabama Reading Initiative program at its three elementary sites.

Reed, who was familiar with ARI before coming to Hartselle almost three years ago, said he knew the program would make a difference in reading scores.

Each school site also met its mathematics proficiency goals.

The only shortcoming for Hartselle was at the high school where the system failed to meet its graduation rate goal of 90 percent. Hartselle was at 86 percent.

"That's better than last year, and we working hard to get where we need to be," Reed said.

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