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D21 reviews year-end reports

With school officially out and many set to embark on summer vacation, North Wasco County school district principals shared year-end progress with the school board at the June 12 meeting.

The principals reviewed academics for students in reading, math and English language proficiency. #21

Of the 118 English language learners (ELL) at Chenowith Elementary, 58 percent improved one or more levels by the end of the school year according to students’ most recent English Language Proficiency Assessment test scores.

Dry Hollow Elementary, a state-ranked Level 4 school, saw 57 percent of ELL students move up at least one language level this school year as well.

The No. 1 goal for student learning and growth at Chenowith Elementary, the district’s state designated priority school, was that 80 percent of K-5th grade students with 90 percent attendance or better would make growth in both math and reading as measured on the STAR assessment by the end of the third quarter.

According to Principal Anne Evan’s report, the overall goal was met this year with growth rates for grades K-5th ranging from 81 to 96 percent of students in reading and 92 to 100 percent of students in math.

At Chenowith, 37 percent of third graders were designated as having met the state reading approve strikes if strong targets do become available.

As the U.S. intensifies its intelligence collection efforts, officials are confronting a diminished spying capacity in the Middle East, where the 2011 departure of U.S. troops and the outbreak of civil war in Syria left large swaths of both countries largely off-limits to American operatives.

U.S. intelligence analysts are working to track the movements of key figures in the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which seized Mosul, Tikrit and other towns in Iraq as the country’s military melted away. They are sifting through data provided by Jordanian, Saudi, Turkish and other intelligence services, as well as their own human sources, satellites, drones and communications intercepts by the National Security Agency, U.S. intelligence officials say.

The officials would not be quoted by name because they were not authorized to discuss the classified details publicly.

Obama planned to brief top congressional leaders on his administration’s possible responses to the crumbling situation in Iraq during a White House meeting Wednesday.

The Obama administration has discussed the possibility of launching targeted airstrikes, either with drones or manned aircrafts, to try to blunt the momentum of the fast-moving Sunni insurgency.

Other options under consideration include deploying a small contingent of U.S. special operations forces to help train the Iraqi military and boosting intelligence available to the Iraqis.

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