Pioneer first received the designation as a focus school in the 12-13 school year when the system was first put into place, along with many other AAPS and local schools. Even though Pioneer’s scores ranked in the 88th percentile (better than 88% of high schools in the state), the system is dependent on our achievement gap which the state has decided is too big. A school gets five years to fix its achievement gap or they are to be punished. The punishment is still unknown to most. Pioneer is in its second of the five years and needs to improve test grades.
As Pioneer juniors are gearing up to take the MME in March, most don’t think about the situation the school is in. The class of 2015 and all junior classes to follow can help the school by doing well on the MME tests. If all the juniors can do well on the tests then that will close the achievement gap and remove Pioneer from the focus school list.