FINAL DEADLINE FOR SCHOOL'S LEADER
September 3, 2006
Author: Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages: 2
Principal Rosemary Agneessens takes off her glasses and rubs her eyes. If this
year's third-graders don't learn to read and pass the AIMS test, she could lose
By federal standards, schools are required to make adequate yearly progress or
face government intervention. For four years, Creighton hasn't met the
standards. Students are progressing but not fast enough. The state labeled the
school as "performing."
However, if the state prevails in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of
Education to drop scores of some English-language learners, the school could be
rated as passing for last year.
If not, and if this year's third-graders don't do well, a fifth year without
adequate yearly progress calls for restructuring, including possibly replacing
Agneessens smiles wryly at the thought. It's a stressful job.
She believes that her third-graders will do well -- what with a new reading
program, more time reading and tutors in every classroom -- and especially the
ones who have been with her since kindergarten. Half of the children who start
at Creighton every year are gone by year's end.
Even if they don't score well, if Agneessens can keep kids in school, she can
give them a shot at a decent life, away from the poverty and gangs in the
neighborhood. That's as important as any test score, she says.
CAPTION: Principal Rosemary Agneessens directs traffic before school. Her job is
on the line if her third-graders don't pass federal standards.
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