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that did not make AYP for two consecutive years in the same content area. SINI schools face sanctions, including parental no- tification and the use of 20 per- cent of the school’s federal Title I money to provide tutoring to struggling students, school im- provement plans, and technical assistance from the district and the state. Schools must make AYP two


years in a row in order to be re- moved from the SINI list. The state requires that stu- dents in each school meet 41 per- formance indicators to meet AYP. Those indicators include all stu- dents achieving scores of profi- cient or advanced proficient in the test’s subject areas of mathe- matics and language arts. Students are broken into sub-


groups such as racial and ethnic groups, special education, limited English proficient, and economi- cally disadvantaged students. Students in all subgroups and in all grades tested must score proficient or advanced proficient in all subjects in order to meet AYP. Kate Napolitano, the district’s assistant superintendent for cur- riculum and instruction, said it’s important to note that the schools


that missed AYP only did so due to a small number of students in the disabilities and economically disadvantaged student subgroups missing the mark. Napolitano said the district


doesn’t wait for the state test to evaluate and prepare students and that teachers and faculty take a year-round, proactive approach. “We make sure our teachers


have the most current informa- tion regarding AYP,” Napolitano said. “All of our supervisors have at- tended all of the state and county meetings to make sure they have the most recent information.” The district also provides


teachers with professional devel- opment opportunities to equip them with skills that can be em- bedded into regular, day-to-day classroom practices. Napolitano said the district is in its second year of an ongoing partnership with the University of Pennsylvania called the Penn Literacy Network. The partnership has allowed


teachers to take graduate-level courses in writing on Moorestown’s campus and has al- lowed teachers to participate in workshops, seminars and men- toring programs. Internally, Napolitano said the district constantly assesses stu- dents on its own and performs in- dividualized instruction. “We do a lot of work with indi- vidual students,” she said. “We


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