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Two St. Mary's Schools Fail: Parents Given Transfer Options

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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a federally funded program that provides additional services for students in high poverty schools to help them meet the same Maryland State Department of Education standards and performance that apply to all students.  The Title I federal requirements include a provision that gives students enrolled in Title I schools that have been identified for school improvement in St. Mary’s County Public Schools, and all Maryland schools, the option to request transfers to other selected public schools in the school system.

The St. Mary’s Public Schools affected by this provision for the 2006-2007 school year are George Washington Carver Elementary School and Lexington Park Elementary School.

G. W. Carver Elementary School did meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for the 2006 administration of the Maryland School Assessment (MSA). George Washington Carver did not, however, meet the AYP standards for the 2005 administration of the MSA. Once a school has been identified for improvement, school choice will continue to be offered to all students for the next school year. To exit school improvement status, the school must make AYP for two consecutive years. Students who attended a choice school last year (2005-2006) may continue at that school through grade five or may elect to return to George Washington Carver. Students may chose to attend a choice school with transportation provided for the 2006-2007 school year. If George Washington Carver meets AYP MSA standards for the 2007 administration of the MSA, school choice transportation will not be provided by St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

Lexington Park Elementary School did not meet the AYP standards for the 2005 and 2006 administration of the MSA. Students who are scheduled to attend Lexington Park Elementary for the 2006-2007 school year may choose to attend one of the two school choice transfer schools. Students who elect to attend one of the choice schools may continue at that school through grade five. 

Parents of students scheduled to attend George Washington Carver Elementary School or Lexington Park Elementary School for the 2006-2007 school year have the option to transfer their child/children to Greenview Knolls Elementary School or Town Creek Elementary School. Both of the selected school choice transfer schools achieved AYP on the 2006 administration of the MSA. Transportation to the school choice transfer schools will be provided by St. Mary’s County Public Schools.

Parents who wish to take advantage of the transfer option must complete the Student Transfer Request Form PS 105, available at the George Washington Carver or Lexington Park Elementary School offices. The Student Transfer Option Request Form is also available at the Student Services Office at the Board of Education Office in Leonardtown. The form must be submitted for approval to the Executive Director of Student Services by September 15, 2006. For additional information, please contact Carol Poe in the Department of Academic Support, 301-475-5511, Ext. 140.
 
Submitted by Carol M. Poe, Supervisor of Instruction/Title I

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