AYP is here!
The Georgia Department of Education released the annual report showing whether schools made the testing goals required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. See the state’s report here. Check out the AJC database here.
We’re still reviewing the results but it appears to be a mixed bag.
Less than half of the high schools – just 47 percent – made AYP this year.
State officials say part of the reason is because the graduation rate requirement increased to 75 percent this year from 70 percent last year.
Still, why do high schools continue to be such a problem?
Another problem is that the number of schools classified as “needs improvement” remained about the same. Georgia has 334 needs improvement schools this year, compared to 340 last year.
The number remained about the same even though 58 schools improved enough to shed this label. That means nearly as many schools stumbled and got on the list. Why aren’t we seeing more improvement? Are weak schools getting weaker?
Also, I know many of you were wondering whether the four schools accused of cheating on last summer’s CRCT retest would make AYP this year. Atlanta’s Deerwood Academy, DeKalb County’s Atherton Elementary, Fulton County’s Parklane Elementary made it. Burroughs-Molette Elementary in Glynn County did not and is a needs improvement school.
There were some good signs. More schools made AYP this year – about 79 percent compared to about 69 percent in 2008. That’s because of strong gains by elementary and middle schools.
Why should you care about the results?
If your school didn’t make AYP, students could be eligible for free tutoring or the chance to transfer to a better performing school. The school may be required to adopt a new curriculum or hire new teachers or a different principal.
If your school made AYP, it wins recognition and possibly some extra money. Your school also could receive students transferring from schools that failed to make the cut.