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Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:35
By Tina Kitt
The Wauneta Breeze

    Wauneta-Palisade Schools’ Palisade Attendance Center was among the 41 Nebraska public schools cited as falling short on accountability standards, according to a recently released report.
    WP’s inclusion on the No Child Left Behind list of Title I Schools in Need of Improvement is related to the number of students who were not present when tests were administered in recent years instead of being a matter of students not meeting academic standards, explained local officials.
    It’s a quantitative issue rather than a qualitative issue, said WP Superintendent Nelson Dahl, with the federal program’s requirement that data be broken down and reported based on a student’s ethnicity and special needs making data from extremely small school districts like Wauneta-Palisade statistically invalid.
    For instance, if there are three students who fit into a specific category and one of the three is sick the day testing is conducted, that equates into more than 30 percent of that group of students not being tested and therefore deemed in need of improvement, according to how data is interpreted for NCLB purposes.