All But Two Lansing Schools Make AYP

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

The message from the Lansing School District Thursday was clear: 'our critics have been silenced.'

"We had a nearly perfect 31 out of 33 schools make Adequate Yearly Progress," Superintendent T.C. Wallace said.

"We knew this day would come, we knew this administration could get the job done," School Board President Hugh Clarke said at the press conference.

Clarke credit's Wallace's vision for turning the district around.

"This board has gone along with Dr. Wallace's bold initiatives, even if they were unpopular," Clarke said. "We have to continue to keep up the hard work."

For the first time in 5 years, two Lansing high schools made AYP. Eastern did not, but administrators said there have been modest gains that prove this school is heading in the right direction.

"We have praised Eastern for the gains its made, now we'll take a look at the program and we may tweak it a bit," Wallace said.

Two years ago, Wallace said the administration targeted secondary programs with emphasis on student proficiency, graduation rates, and test scores.

"When we do our job, the results are there," Wallace said.

Clarke said students, teachers, and administrators are now buying in to the plan -- and the results are plain to see.

"To do this should be able to silence people," Clarke said. "[The administration] had a plan and we're now seeing the fruits of that labor."

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  • by cd Location: mason on Sep 6, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    It is clear TC Wallace credits the majority of success to himself and administration. It is the staff who went above and beyond, and students who worked extra hard. I'd like to see him give that credit to those who put in the extreme hours and hard work (beyond the scope of a staff memebers job)... instead of suggesting success is because those staff suddenly got on board... Educators love education - they dedicate their lives to it - they do not resist it's success... but thanks to administration there are actual funds and materials to back up their directives!! Keep up the good work lansing teachers, counselors, staff and especially students!!
  • by Judy Location: lansing on Sep 4, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    Great job lansing students and teahers. Way to work hard in spite of all the negatives. You should all be very proud!!
  • by Kelley Location: Lansing on Sep 3, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    What most people don't know is that Riddle Elementary, one of two Lansing schools which did not meet AYP, is E.L.L., and has a large number of kids who speak little or no English. The shortage of E.L.L. instructors (thanks to the shortsighted head of the E.L.L. program), contributes quite a bit to the fact that Riddle did not make AYP. It has very little to do with the dedicated teachers there.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    Well done Lansing! It would be nice if some of the people who do nothing but ridicule the public schools would come forward and for once give credit when good news comes along. It's a much harder job than many realize.....for both the educators and the students.
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