Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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October 5, 2011

NCLB report no deterrent for Carter

Oct. 5, 2011 —     Five out of 10 Carter County Schools did not meet their Academic Yearly Progress goals, but that isn’t slowing anyone down, according to Supt. Ronnie Dotson.

    “Carter County has never met AYP since its inception,” Dotson told the Journal-Times. “Right now we are focused on making sure the students, teachers and administrators are buying into a culture of high expectations.”

    West Carter High School, West Carter Middle School, East Carter Middle School, Olive Hill Elementary and Heritage Elementary did not meet their goals for last year. East Carter High School, Carter, Star, Prichard and Upper Tygart elementary schools did meet their AYP goals. Although they missed AYP, West Middle and OHES did make improvements in all areas.

    The schools were required to have 80 percent of students score proficient or higher and this year’s goals move up to 87 percent.

    “We fell short just slightly,” Dotson said. “We have started lots of new initiatives that we are really excited about to get those scores up.”

    Dotson said he knows his teachers want their students to be successful.

    “I can see a huge increase in enthusiasm,” Dotson said. “Just giving them the tools and the expectation, and showing them that we are going to be there to support their efforts, I think we are going to see some really big changes.”

    Dotson said the wave of the educational future is technology. With college e-books already in use, he expects to see more secondary and elementary textbooks available online. For now, Carter County educators are looking to their neighbors for ways to make improvements in their own classrooms.

    “We have the potential out there, and kids who can be whatever they want to be,” Dotson said. “These children are not less capable because they live in eastern Kentucky. When a school doesn’t meet AYP, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that you have qualities that allow you to be successful.”

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