No Child Left Behind leaves hard choices for four Quincy schools

Quincy School District Offices

If you could transfer your child to a different school, would you?

Families going to four Title I schools in Quincy will have that option this year due to No Child Left Behind Act rules.

Those schools have failed to meet adequate yearly progress, or AYP, standards for two or more consecutive years. This means families who go to Adams, Baldwin Intermediate, Berrian, and Washington schools will have the choice to transfer to another school within the district that has made AYP standards.

"Adequate yearly progress is based on one test that is taken in March," Jody Cooper, Director of Title I Testing and Technology explained.

Last year two schools, Berrian, and Baldwin intermediate were both "choice" schools.

Cooper says this did not have much impact on the district, especially since it did not mean any less funding for the failing Title I school.

"We only had four students from across the district who decided to transfer to a different building. I think they're finding across the state that very few parents are taking advantage of the choice option," Cooper said.

If a child is attending a Title I school and receiving special services through Title I funding, those services will not move with the child to another school that does not receive Title I funds.

School district employees say they notified parents about the situation as soon as they could.

The district only recently received Adequate Yearly Progress results from the state.

The state was holding out for a waiver, which would have changed how AYP standards are measured.

"I'm really anxious for the waiver to be approved because it does look at more things than just one test on one day or a couple of days to judge whether or not a school is being successful," Cooper explained.

A problem arises with Baldwin Intermediate. There is not another intermediate school in-district for students to transfer to. In a letter to parents, interim superintendent Bud Martin wrote, " this time we do not have a school within the district to which your child can transfer. We have contacted neighboring districts to request that they provide us with a school(s) we can offer you as an option; however, no neighboring district has agreed to do so for the upcoming school year."

If you decide to transfer your child to a bordering school, the district would be responsible for providing transportation.