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Title I School Choice


Title I


Students Eligible
Student Participants
12-13 N/A N/A


Status of Yearly Progress
Notice to Parents
September 2013

The school earned the following rating through the ESEA Waiver:

Overall Weighted Points Total 74.2
Overall Grade Conversion C
Points Total - Elementary Grades 74.2

This is the fifth consecutive year that Kelly Edwards Elementary School has made adequate progress; as a result, the school is not a school that is identified as a priority or focus school under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. Below is an explanation of the Annual Measurable Objectives and our school's performance.


  • Major Differences in the Previous and New ESEA Federal Accountability System
    The most obvious difference in the two methodologies is the awarding of a letter grade to each school. Previously, schools were marked as not meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if there was only one subgroup that did not meet annual yearly progress. This new system reports an overall measure of effectiveness while providing detailed information on each subgroup's performance.
  • The new system uses a subgroup size of 30 students rather than 40 to determine if a subgroup of students will be used in accountability calculations. A size of 30 more closely approximates the size of many classrooms.
  • This new system, with its focus on transparency, bases calculations on annual performance results. The use of a matrix to display the information allows all stakeholders to view the data actually used in the calculation of the composite index scores.
  • Because the determination of AYP status is no longer an all or nothing  exercise, schools and districts will have a much more realistic accountability system that will allow them to demonstrate, measure, and track improvement in making a positive impact on student achievement.

Attendance rate is no longer used in the calculations for elementary and middle schools.

What is the school doing to continue meeting the Annual Measureable Objectives?
The school, in conjunction with parents and community members, has developed a plan that includes:

  • Identifying the reasons for low achievement
  • Providing the teachers with intensive, sustained professional development 
  • Provide students, who are at risk of not meeting the state standards, additional opportunities to remediate and accelerate their learning 
  • Actively involve parents in the school improvement process

How can I be involved in helping the school improve student performance? 
As a parent or guardian, you can help the school improve student performance by doing the following:

  • Attending and taking part in parent-school meetings about student achievement 
  • Support your child's good study habits 
  • Reviewing your child's homework and test scores 
  • Setting goals with your child to continue improving 
  • Read or listen to your child read daily 
  • Limit the amount of time your child watches television and/or plays video games
  • Taking an active part in the School Improvement Council 
  • Becoming a volunteer 
  • Serving on Kelly Edwards Elementary School's Title I planning team
  • Serving on the school renewal planning teams of the three schools

Please contact your school principal: Mrs. Nakeisha Baxley at 266-3737 if you would like more information.

If you have suggestions on how to improve student achievement in Williston School District #29, please communicate them to Dr. Carol Lenderman, Director of Instruction, Assessment and Accoutability:
E-Mail to clenderman@williston.k12.sc.us
Phone to 803-266-7878
Fax to 803-266-3879 or
Mail to the Director of Instruction, 12255 Main Street, Williston, S.C. 29853