Manassas City Schools have typically been among the best schools in the region, which makes this year’s report on Adequate Yearly Progress somewhat surprising. Six of eight of the city’s schools failed, and the district as a whole failed. While sometimes districts become a victim of their own success and just can’t find opportunities to improve beyond a certain point, I kind of doubt that’s the case here.
From the MJM:
In Manassas, six out of the city’s eight schools, Baldwin, Dean, and Weems elementary schools, Mayfield Intermediate School, Grace E. Metz Middle School and Osbourn High School did not make AYP.
Despite not making AYP, Superintendent Gail Pope said the city schools did make gains in several areas this year.
For example, Metz did not make AYP overall, but did meet the standards in math, which has been a focus at the school for the past several years, Pope said.
“We had a big focus on math,” Pope said. “We saw a great jump in math achievement so we’re very happy with that.”
Pope said all of the Manassas schools will be teaching a new writing program this year, which should help to improve reading scores.
The picture is brighter in Prince William County and Manassas Park, but what the heck is going on in the city?
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