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System, schools fail AYP

Alabama’s public schools received their reports cards on Monday.

The Butler County school system, along with Greenville High School and Georgiana School, failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

W.O. Parmer Elementary School, Greenville Elementary School, Greenville Middle School and McKenzie School all met AYP.

The AYP status of Alabama schools and school systems is based on student achievement and participation rates on assessments for reading and mathematics, plus attendance rates for elementary and middle schools and graduation rates for high schools.

Under No Child Left Behind goals (NCLB), schools must meet 100 percent of their respective annual goals in all student groups to be identified as having achieved AYP. As a result, missing just one goal will prevent a school from making AYP. NCLB requires schools to meet annual goals in the academic achievement of the overall student population and by student groups, including economic background, race/ethnicity, limited English proficiency, and special education.

Georgiana School met 94.12 percent of its annual goals, while Greenville High School met 82.35 percent of its goals.

The Alabama State Department of Education’s annual reports showed that more than 72 percent of Alabama’s public schools met 100 percent of their required NCLB goals – or made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Another 87 percent of Alabama public schools met more than 90 percent of their required NCLB goals.

For 2011, 49 school systems and 377 schools did not make AYP.

“We want to pause today and recognize the efforts of our students, their teachers and school leaders in acknowledging and meeting the ever increasing annual measurable objectives set for them under the No Child Left Behind accountability system,” said Dr. Tommy Bice, Deputy State Superintendent of Education, Instructional Services.

“At the same time, we want to acknowledge the fact that one test score does not represent the education of the whole child and, as this data release is interpreted, it should be done within that context.”

Under NCLB requirements, the percentage of students required to meet the proficient standard increases annually. Beginning in 2010, annual measurable objectives increase in every grade for both reading and mathematics and will continue to increase every year. The national requirement specified by NCLB is for 100 percent of the students in America to be proficient in reading and mathematics by 2014.

It takes two years of not making AYP to be designated a School Improvement school. Likewise, it takes two years of making AYP for a school to progress out of School Improvement status.

This year, 227 schools and 28 school systems are identified for School Improvement. If a school does not make AYP for two consecutive years in the same component, the school enters School Improvement status. Those schools missing AYP for at least two consecutive years will receive specific training and technical assistance through the state Support Team, which will help schools analyze their assessment data and develop a Continuous Improvement Plan.