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Burns Elementary School's pajama party celebration


Allie Hurley

From left, Daljit Kaur, Hope Swaney and Paige Smith play volleyball in their pajamas during the Burns Elementary School's pajama party Friday.

Burns Elementary school celebrated their Adequate Yearly Progress results with a pajama party and movie Friday.

Jerry Burkett, Principal, said the third- through six-graders who took the PAWS test in March were 100 percent proficient or advanced. Using the No Child Left Behind system, schools are measured each year by AYP calculations. AYP is a federal measurement that allows the United States Department of Education to determine how schools and districts are preforming academically.

The school had scored low the last two years. Burkett said by using Safe Harbor, the school made great gains. In order to make Safe Harbor, the school needed to have at least a 10 percent decrease in the number of non-proficient students from the previous year.

Students were able to progress from basic to proficient. Burkett said the students and teachers worked very hard. Students worked on inferencing in reading or how to read between the lines. Burkett said PAWS testing is very heavy on this skill, and the teachers had to be very deliberate with what they taught the students.


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