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Schools meet AYP, but overall district may fail
BY KERRI TESTEMENT
Superintendent Shannon Adams says the Jackson County School System has a reason to celebrate — all of its schools met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
The twist, however, is that the school system may fail to meet AYP for the 2007-2008 school year.
AYP is one of the key concepts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Student participation, academic indicators and achievement on statewide tests, such as the CRCT, determine AYP. Each school and local school district in the state is required to meet AYP.
Initial data from the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) results show that each school in the county school system met AYP, according to a letter Adams sent to school leaders last week.
Adams wrote that system leaders were initially concerned that East Jackson Middle School, East Jackson Comprehensive High School, Kings Bridge Middle School and Jackson County Comprehensive High School wouldn’t meet AYP.
However, all schools are believed to have met AYP, Adams continued.
AYP is also determined by the performance of students in particular subgroups, such as students by race and students who are economically disadvantaged. The minimum size for a subgroup is 40 students.
And while an individual school may not have the minimum number of students in a subgroup to count toward AYP status, the entire system does.
Adams wrote that’s a flaw in the accountability process — when all schools meet AYP, but the district comes up short.
“The bottom line is that our schools are doing what they need to be doing for the kids, so we’ll just swallow the pill presented by the rules and regulations for calculating AYP at the system level and happily move along,” Adams wrote.
All schools in the Jackson County School System met AYP standards as of September 2007, according to the Georgia Department of Education. The system has held that designation for at least two years.
The state department also says that more than half of the schools that didn’t meet AYP in 2007 failed in one subgroup.



 

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