According to Dave Wilmes, Page Unified School District's program evaluator, the district noticed the inaccuracies, and appealed the findings on Sept. 18.
After not hearing back on its appeal, the district wrongly assumed it had been denied.
had attempted to submit the appeal using a new computer system implemented by ADE
The Web-based system for some reason would not accept Page's appeal when Wilmes
tried to submit it though.
"I have no idea why their system blocked my submission," Wilmes
After realizing the appeal was not going through, Wilmes
e-mailed the appeal to ADE
According to Wilmes
processed part of the appeal in September, because the data provided to Wilmes
by the state changed in regards to the 24 previously tested students.
Somehow though, ADE
did not look at the part of the appeal dealing with untested home-school students.
"The part about the home-school kids they never looked at, because they put the e-mail someplace," Wilmes
On Oct. 23, Franciosi informed Page High School Principal Perry Berry and Wilmes through e-mails that the school's appeal was accepted and it had achieved AYP.
was not surprised the mistakes had happened on the ADE side of things, though.
specifically pointed out the department is trying to do things with its computer system it does not have the capabilities to do.
was also upset that the district had to even appeal the 24 students who had previously taken the test.
"They have test scores, they know who took the test before," Wilmes
"Why do I have to appeal our kids that they have the scores for?"
pointed out the hypocrisy in having to take data provided by the ADE
to show the ADE
which kids it should not count against the school's AYP score.
Wilmes also wondered how many schools in the state might have faced similar issues, but don't have the resources or connections to track it down.
"What about schools that don't have a superintendent capable of calling the county superintendent, who happens to be on the state board of education?