The news was received cautiously by Mary Ellen Maske, executive administrator for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade education in the Cedar Rapids school district.
"I'm a little bit guarded because the formula that is included in the waiver that they're going to use for looking at the rankings of schools is so complex," she
did say the rankings seemed in line with the district's belief that many Cedar Rapids schools are improving academically despite what No Child Left Behind results might indicate.
"What we're seeing is that some of those schools are exceptional and high performing because their students are making expected and greater progress," she
While the results appear to put Cedar Rapids on favorable footing, Maske
is concerned that they will be misinterpreted by the public, particularly for the 11 schools on the "needs improvement" and "priority" list, something she
has seen people do for years with No Child Left Behind.
"I think people jump to conclusions and don't have all the information they need," she