Dear Ochoa Middle School Parent or Guardian:
During the last several years, the Pasco School District has enhanced its educational programs and accountability to students to better prepare students for the future and to meet new requirements established by the state of Washington and the federal government’s education program commonly referred to as “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB). The federal law requires individual schools, school districts, and the state as a whole to meet “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) requirements, based on the targets established under the NCLB legislation.
The measure for meeting AYP at Ochoa Middle School is an average score of grades 6, 7 and 8 Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) scores. If a school does not meet AYP for two or more years in a row, the state and federal government require specific action to be taken. This is the fifth consecutive year Ochoa Middle School has not met the guidelines for AYP, and the school has been officially designated by the state as being in need of improvement.
Ochoa Middle School did not meet AYP in Math for the All, Hispanic, and low income student subgroups based on the Spring 2009 WASL tests. These areas are addressed in Ochoa’s School Improvement Plan for the upcoming school year.
A requirement under federal law is to offer Supplemental Educational Services (SES), which includes academic tutoring. We have provided a website, http://www.k12.wa.us/, for you to review the state’s approved SES providers or you may contact the school office for a copy of the providers. If you would like more information about these services, please contact the school at 543-6742 by September 15, 2009.
Ochoa Middle School will continue to provide academic tutoring programs, which your student may be eligible to attend. If you would like more information about these services, please call the principal at Ochoa Middle School at 543-6742.
The staff at Ochoa Middle School is committed to providing a quality education to all students and continues to work toward that goal. Ochoa Middle School is refining its current school improvement plan, which will outline the specific steps we plan to take to address the student achievement problems that have been identified. We are proud to report there are a number of positive academic successes at Ochoa Middle School, and individual students are being successful.
Dennis P. Maguire Ph.D.