County school system makes AYP

Published 10:01 am Monday, August 9, 2010

The Alabama Department of Education released its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) numbers on Monday, and Crenshaw County Schools once again passed inspection.

Out of 59 goals system-wide, the county met 57 of those.

“Our folks have done a tremendous job to keep us making AYP,” said superintendent Kathi Wallace. “I have nothing but praise for our staff and our students for the hard work they continue to put into making AYP.”

As far as individual schools are concerned, Highland Home and Brantley made AYP, but Luverne did not.

Both Highland Home and Brantley met 100 percent of the goals: Highland Home met 21 of 21 goals and Brantley met all 17 goals.

Luverne met 19 of 21 goals, but failed to make AYP due to not meeting proficiencies in special education reading and special education math.

“We will study our data and come up with a plan that addresses the deficiencies we have in certain disaggregated subgroups,” Wallace said. “When a subgroup only has 40 people in it, one child can make a huge difference in the outcome.”

Luverne’s shortcoming for AYP is reflective of Alabama as a whole.

The state of Alabama didn’t make AYP, despite meeting 36 out of 38 goals.

The two areas the state missed were special education reading and special education math.

Wallace said she’s pleased with the county’s performance when compared with the state and other surrounding counties.

“We had a couple of counties that border us that didn’t make it,” she said. “We also don’t have any schools in the school improvement program. To be put there, a school has to have not made AYP in a subject for two years in a row.”

Since No Child Left Behind was implemented in 2001, Crenshaw County has made AYP every year.

“Not a lot of systems can say that,” Wallace said.