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Nagy splits on appeals

ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP – Belle Vernon Area Superintendent Robert Nagy was three for five, and that improved the district’s educational batting average.

Nagy appealed the State Department of Education’s decision to place the five district schools on warning lists – a list for schools not meeting adequate yearly progress standards.

“We did file appeals on all five of our schools,” he said.

Three of the five appeals were granted, removing Belle Vernon Area High School, Marion Elementary School and Rostraver Elementary School from the warning list.

Nagy received correspondence from the Department of Education Sept. 22 that indicated the high school graduation rate was 95.7, which met AYP.

He received a letter Sept. 4 informing him that a data reporting error was to blame for Marion Elementary School’s placement on the list.

It has since been removed.

Rostraver Elementary School also received notification Sept. 4 that it mets AYP, and a department reporting error was to blame for that, as well, Nagy said.

He noted that appeals for Bellmar Middle School and Rostraver Middle School were denied.

However, Nagy noted that both schools – which were warned for attendance rates – were within one percentage point of AYP.

“They clearly had good scores in reading and math,” he said. “It’s not because of scores.”

The Valley Independent Wednesday reported that Rostraver Elementary School appeared on the state’s warning list. That distinction was based on information provided by the state before presstime Wednesday.


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