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FIS, FPS off No Child Left Behind Act target list

Dr. Robert Frazier, principal of Farragut Intermediate School, learned that his school and Farragut Primary School were no longer on the Knox County School System’s targeted schools list set by the No Child Left Behind Act on Friday, Aug. 13.

Last year scores from the special education category at FIS were enough to bring both schools to the targeted list. Although, scores from the primary school were not used in the assessment, both schools were combined because NCLB sees both schools as one elementary school. “I called the primary school this morning and congratulated them on getting off of the list, even though we were the ones who got them put on the list in the first place,” Frazier said at an after school celebration with the teaching staff and administration.

The No Child Left Behind Act establishes a benchmark from which adequate yearly progress can be measured. Each following year schools can remove themselves from the list by reducing the percentage of students who do not meet criteria by 10 percent. According to the Knox County Schools Web site, by the year 2014, NCLB requires that 100 percent of students test proficient in math and language arts.

FIS was cited because any school that has at least 30 students of designated categories such as African American, Hispanic, special education, free and reduced lunch and low income have subgroups in their school. If one of these subgroups does not meet the criteria, it will cause the school to be named as a targeted school.

Frazier said that since the student population at FIS is higher than most schools with only three grades, it becomes easier to form a subgroup.

“In a smaller school, there would not be a group of 30,” Frazier said

The special education group at FIS had 45 students that did not meet the criteria for NCLB in 2003, but Frazier said that “the excellent staff at FIS is dedicated to working with all of the children to make them successful.”

Frazier ordered a cake and frozen yogurt and brought the teaching staff and administration into the cafeteria for “a very big thank you for doing an exceptional job.”

“We had a wonderful day (Thursday, the first day of school) and an even better one today,” Frazier said.

“Who said that Friday the thirteenth is unlucky?” he added.


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