Aug 242011

By Teri Walker–

Snowflake Intermediate School has achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a measurement defined by the No Child Left Behind Act, based on results of the school’s spring 2011 AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) scores.

It was erroneously reported in the Aug. 10 edition of the Silver Creek Herald that Snowflake Intermediate had failed to achieve AYP, when in fact it was Snowflake Junior High School that did not meet the federally established criteria, which is tracked by the U.S. Department of Education. We apologize for the error, especially to the students and staff of Snowflake Intermediate School, and for any problems it caused.

According to the Department of Education, AYP is used to determine the achievement of each school district and school nationwide, and is intended to highlight where schools need improvement and should focus their resources.

Under No Child Left Behind, schools are held accountable for the achievement of all students, not just average student performance. Districts and schools are evaluated based on performance in reading, language arts and math, as well as graduation and attendance rates.

Snowflake Intermediate School students outperformed other Navajo County students in grades four through six, based on the 2011 results published by the Arizona Department of Education.

Snowflake Intermediate fourth graders ranked 19 percent higher than other county students in meeting and exceeding math standards, and five percent higher than other county students in meeting reading standards.

Seventeen percent more Snowflake Intermediate fifth graders met math standards than other county fifth graders, while 13 percent of the school’s fifth graders exceeded math standards, which was one percent lower than the county average. Seventy-seven percent of the school’s fifth graders met reading standards, outpacing the county average by nine percent.

Snowflake Intermediate sixth graders also performed above the county average, with 11 percent more students meeting or exceeding math standards, and two percent more students meeting reading standards.

“We’ve been working really hard to prepare students for AIMS,” said Principal Shon Flake. “We are trying to find everything we can to help our kids do well.”

Comparable information for the number of county and Snowflake Intermediate students who exceeded reading standards in fourth through sixth grades is not available.