Abingdon High School principal Chad Cox said not knowing the final test results is like "flying blind" when it comes to preparing for next year's tests.
Having not met AYP for four consecutive years, Abingdon High School
is on the Academic Watch List.The school needs to make AYP two years in a row to get off the list and avoid potential sanctions, such as state takeover of the school or replacing teachers and administrators.
"It's brutal, it's a struggle and it's frustrating," said Cox
, who is in his
second year as principal at the school and is awaiting the first round of test results under his
leadership."We have to be data-driven in our process because of No Child Left Behind, but if you don't have the data, it's a tough situation."Cox
said teachers are using preliminary ACT data and results from other standardized tests to prepare for the upcoming testing cycle, and to be aware of areas in which individual students need help.He
believes good test scores are just one indication of a good school, but No Child Left Behind puts a lot of stock in those results, which makes for a stressful situation.
"The data is the big measuring stick.Whether or not we're doing our jobs well is based on those scores."Cox
Students at Abingdon High School
also are anxious for the results.Cox
created an incentives program last year for students who score well on the PSAE, giving them privileges such as open lunch.
"Without the results, the students can't get the incentives and rewards they have earned," Cox