Schools must offer options

Reading tests low for second year

Staff WriterJuly 19, 2006 

  • Parents who wish to transfer their children can return postcards to the Lincoln Center, 750 S. Merritt Mill Road. E-mail may be sent to Calls may be directed to Steve Scroggs at 967-8211, ext. 228.

    Those who do not wish to transfer their children do not need to take any action.

    The deadline for parents to return their transfer requests is 5 p.m. July 31.

    An informational meeting for parents will be held at Carrboro Elementary School on Tuesday. A Spanish-language meeting will be held at 6 p.m. and an English one at 7 p.m.

— Students at Carrboro Elementary School may transfer to other schools next year because the school failed to meet federal No Child Left Behind standards in reading for the second year in a row.

When a school does not meet standards in the same subject two years in a row, the district must offer at least two options for parents wishing to transfer their children.

The test measures performance in subgroups of students, and a school still falls short even if different groups miss the mark in consecutive years.

This year, too few Hispanic students at Carrboro Elementary passed the reading exam. Last year, too few students in the low socioeconomic category passed.

Parents of Carrboro Elementary students may choose to send their children to Estes Hills Elementary or Ephesus Elementary because all other schools in the district are at or above capacity.

This year, Estes Hills Elementary in Chapel Hill was on the state's watch list under reading. But it met its reading goal and is now in the clear, school officials said in a release.

The Orange County Schools district did not release its reading exam results Tuesday because school officials are still verifying the figures. Officials expect to release them later this week, said Anne D'Annunzio, the district spokeswoman.

Math is the other subject monitored under the No Child Left Behind Act. But none of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools is on the watch list for math, said Diane Villwock, the district's testing director.

The math results won't come in until Oct. 5.

Staff writer Meiling Arounnarath can be reached at 932-2004 or

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