The Wyoming Department of Education released the results of the 2009 PAWS tests taken by students throughout the state last spring. Sheridan County School District 2 received a very positive assessment report.
Compared to the state average District 2 surpassed the state performance in 19 of 20 categories. Superintendant Craig Dougherty says that teachers are really getting it done and he still believes that District 2 is one of the best educational systems in the Rocky Mountain region.
There were some disappointments, however. Both Sheridan High School and Fort Mackenzie High School failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress targets in their graduation rates. This is the second year in a row for SHS and the first year for Fort Mackenzie. Sheridan High will now be placed in the “school improvement” category for the first time. Fort Mackenzie was issued a warning to raise its graduation rate.
Both schools are working on the issue and some of the new programs designed to raise the graduation rates only went into effect this year. The evaluation was based on 2005 – 2008 data and so program effectiveness won’t be measured until next year. The AYP assessments are part of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act.