Kayhi not meeting school standards
By Chas Edwardson
August 09, 2010
When you read Ketchikan High School's explanation on why they
missed the AYP (adequate yearly progress) for schools, all you
need to do is eliminate economically disadvantaged youth and
native kids and you're on easy street. But wait a second -- Metlakatla
is full of native kids are they not??? All three of Metlakatla's
schools made the cut. The Prince of Wales Island School District
is the most economically distressed area of the state and seven
of eight schools made the cut (Daily News August 7-8 weekend
edition). Not all of the POW schools are exclusively either native
or non native it's a general mix.
So I'm not buying the Ketchikan School District's explanation
on why they are not cutting the mustard. I think that the teachers
are bound by the worst concept ever conceived by our education
system ever, the 'No Child Left Behind Act. Another flaw in our
system is tenure. Not only are our some of our teachers here
way to long - in some cases over 30 years - they are only teaching
to the test and that's not even working any more..
Let's not look to blame race or financial situations of kids,
because there are plenty of economically disadvantaged kids,
and native kids alike doing their part and getting their schools
to meet the AYP.
If there is any fault to be
passed on it should be passed on to an obviously flawed and failing
education system and not the kids.
Received August 08, 2010 -
Published August 09, 2010
List of Schools Meeting AYP by District - PDF
List of Schools Not Meeting AYP by
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