Big gains in Elementary and Middle Grades
58 Schools Lose "Needs Improvement" Label
More than 79 percent of Georgia's public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, according to initial results released today -- a 10 point jump over 2008.
Additionally, 58 schools across the state shook the "Needs Improvement" label by having made AYP for two consecutive years.
"The initial AYP results demonstrate that our students are continuing to make excellent progress even as we raise expectations," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "Clearly, our teachers and students are working harder than ever and we're seeing the results."
Superintendent Cox released the initial 2009 AYP Report this morning while speaking at the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) conference in Jekyll Island. The final AYP report will be released in the fall and will include summer retest scores and summer graduates.
Compared to initial AYP results last year, the 2009 report shows that:
- The percentage of schools making AYP jumped more than 10 points from 68.8% to 79.1%.
- The percentage of elementary schools making AYP jumped 13.4 points and the percentage of middle schools jumped 10.4 points.
- The percentage of Title 1 schools making AYP increased by more than 13 points, from 64.8% to 78.4% (Title 1 schools have a significant population of economically-disadvantaged students).
Superintendent Cox said the improvements that elementary and middle school students showed in mathematics are a big part of the AYP results. Pass rates on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in mathematics improved in all grades across the state (More information: http://www.gadoe.org/pea_communications.aspx?ViewMode=1&obj=1822).
"Mathematics achievement was a key to our improvement in AYP results this year," said Superintendent Cox. "We are asking our students to learn more rigorous mathematics and they are showing us that they can do it!"
The percentage of high schools making AYP continues to lag behind. In 2009, just over 47 percent of the state's high schools made AYP, a slight decrease from 2008's initial results.
"We know there is a lot of hard work going on in our high schools," Superintendent Cox said. "We need to continue to study the data and work together to make sure our high schools are not only meeting AYP goals but are preparing students for the 21st century."
AYP is the formula used to determine if schools are meeting expectations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. It consists of three parts -- test participation, academic achievement and another statistic, called a "second indicator." The academic goals continue to rise every few years toward a goal of 100 percent proficiency for all students by 2014. This year, all of the academic goals remained the same as 2008, although the graduation rate bar went up.
All students at a school, as well as any qualifying subgroup of students, must meet goals in all three categories in order to "make AYP." Schools that do not make AYP for two consecutive years in the same subject are placed in "Needs Improvement" status and face escalating consequences. For more information on AYP, go to http://tinyurl.com/AYPFAQ2009.
58 Schools No Longer in “Needs Improvement”
Initial results show that 58 schools came out of "Needs Improvement" -- or NI -- status by making AYP for the second consecutive year. Twelve of those schools had been in NI status for five or more years and were facing the highest level of sanctions.
"Getting out of NI status isn't easy," Superintendent Cox said. "These 58 schools should be very proud of their accomplishments, but need to remain focused in order to keep improving."
There are 334 schools in NI status for the coming school year. These schools must offer parents options, such as public school choice or federally-funded tutoring. Depending on how long these schools have been in NI, some may have to make structural or organizational changes to improve student achievement.
In 2008, there were 340 NI schools after the initial results were released. That number dropped to 308 after retests, summer graduates and appeals were worked into the formula.
"I believe we will see the number of NI schools drop again when we do our final AYP determinations in the fall," Superintendent Cox said.
The state's initial 2009 graduation rate is 77.8 percent. That is up from the initial 2008 graduation rate of 74.4 percent and the final 2008 graduation rate of 75.4 percent, which included summer graduates.
"Improving the graduation rate continues to be a top priority in the state of Georgia," Superintendent Cox said. "I am proud of the progress we are making, but there is certainly a lot of work left to be done."
Graduation Rate must be used as a "second indicator" for all high schools and the bar was raised this year.
In order to make AYP a high school had to have a graduation rate of 75 percent or higher, up from 70 percent last year. If a school did not make that goal, they could use a "second look" which means:
- Having a graduation rate that averaged 75 percent or higher over the past three years OR
- Having a graduation rate of at least 55 percent the previous year (2008) and showing a 10 percent improvement in the rate this year.
- AYP Website (spreadsheets with school-level and system-level information): http://www.gadoe.org/ayp2009.aspx
- Guide to using the AYP report website: http://tinyurl.com/2009AYPGuide
- AYP "By the Numbers": http://tinyurl.com/2009AYPNumbers
SCHOOL and DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS
SCHOOLS THAT CAME OUT OF "NEEDS IMPROVEMENT" STATUS
School Name, School District
Kennedy Middle School , Atlanta Public Schools
Long Middle School, Atlanta Public Schools
South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science, Atlanta Public Schools
Grady High School, Atlanta Public Schools
Oak Hill Middle School, Baldwin County
Rutland Middle School, Bibb County
Bryan County Middle School, Bryan County
Langston Chapel Middle School, Bulloch County
Henderson Middle School, Butts County
Calhoun Middle School, Calhoun City
Temple Middle School, Carroll County
Spencer Elementary School, Chatham County
Forest Park Middle School, Clayton County
M. D. Roberts Middle School, Clayton County
Floyd Middle School, Cobb County
Commerce Middle School, Commerce City
Crawford County Middle School, Crawford County
Dalton Middle School, Dalton City
Cedar Grove Middle School, DeKalb County
Stephenson Middle School, DeKalb County
Montgomery Elementary School, DeKalb County
Merry Acres Middle School, Dougherty County
Dublin Middle School, Dublin City
Franklin County Middle School, Franklin County
Sandtown Middle School, Fulton County
Ridgeview Charter School, Fulton County
Oakland Meadow School, Gwinnett County
Sweetwater Middle School, Gwinnett County
Louise Radloff Middle School, Gwinnett County
South Habersham Middle School, Habersham County
East Hall Middle School, Hall County
North Hall Middle School, Hall County
White Sulphur Elementary School, Hall County
East Hall High School, Hall County
Hancock Central High School, Hancock County
Stockbridge Middle School, Henry County
Jeff Davis Middle School, Jeff Davis County
Lanier County Middle School, Lanier County
West Laurens Middle School, Laurens County
Midway Middle School, Liberty County
Madison County Middle School, Madison County
McIntosh County Academy, McIntosh County
Mitchell County Middle School, Mitchell County
Walker-Inman Elementary School, Mitchell County
Richards Middle School, Muscogee County
Fort Middle School, Muscogee County
Porterdale Elementary School, Newton County
East Paulding Middle School, Paulding County
Irma C. Austin Middle School, Paulding County
Pelham City Middle School, Pelham City
Hephzibah Middle School, Richmond County
Tutt Middle School, Richmond County
Carver Road Middle School, Spalding County
Taylor Street Middle School, Spalding County
Georgia Academy for the Blind, State Schools
MacIntyre Park Middle School, Thomasville City
Valdosta Middle School, Valdosta City
Wayne County High School, Wayne County
DISTRICTS WHERE ALL SCHOOLS MADE AYP
Jeff Davis County
Social Circle City
SCHOOLS THAT HAVE MADE AYP FOR 11 CONSECUTIVE YEARS
School, School District
D. H. Stanton Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools
Fain Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools
Bacon County Primary School, Bacon County
Berrien Primary School, Berrien County
Bleckley County Primary School, Bleckley County
Waynesboro Primary School, Burke County
Bethune Elementary School, Charlton County
Blackshear Trail Elementary School, Crisp County
J. S. Pate Elementary School, Crisp County
Roan Elementary School, Dalton City
Hightower Elementary School, DeKalb County
Saxon Heights Elementary School, Dublin City
Susie Dasher Elementary School, Dublin City
Swainsboro Primary School, Emanuel County
North Fayette Elementary School, Fayette County
Robert J. Burch Elementary School, Fayette County
Randolph Elementary School, Fulton County
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Gainesville City
Jasper County Primary School, Jasper County
Maxwell Elementary School, McDuffie County
Thomson Elementary School, McDuffie County
Mitchell County Primary School, Mitchell County
Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School, Monroe County
T.G. Scott Elementary School, Monroe County
Oconee County Primary School, Oconee County
Cooper Primary School, Terrell County
Crawford Primary School, Washington County
Elder Primary School, Washington County
Jack P Nix Primary, White County
Washington-Wilkes Primary School, Wilkes County
Worth County Primary School, Worth County
SCHOOLS THAT HAVE MADE AYP FOR 10 CONSECUTIVE YEARS
School, School District
Appling County Primary School, Appling County
Banks County Primary School, Banks County
Ben Hill County Primary School, Ben Hill County
Lanier Primary School, Bryan County
Mill Creek Elementary School, Bulloch County
Cook Elementary School, Cook County
Cook Primary School, Cook County
Idlewood Elementary School, DeKalb County
Oakcliff Elementary School, DeKalb County
Lamar Reese School of the Arts, Dougherty County
Lindsey Elementary School, Houston County
Perry Primary School, Houston County
Louisville Academy, Jefferson County
Morgan County Primary School, Morgan County
Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy, Muscogee County
Pelham Elementary School, Pelham City
Sumter County Primary School, Sumter County
Collins Elementary School, Tattnall County
Unity Elementary School, Troup County
Bacon Elementary School, Wayne County
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Big gains in Elementary and Middle Grades