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Chickamauga, Calhoun, Dalton Schools Make AYP

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By David Carroll

ATLANTA (WRCB)- According to the Georgia Department of Education, fewer Georgia schools are in Needs Improvement (NI) status, according to the initial Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report released Monday.  Calhoun, Chickamauga, and Dalton City Schools all made Adequate Yearly Progress.  Other northwestern Georgia districts to make AYP include Gilmer County and Trion City Schools. Among area counties that failed to make AYP are Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker and Whitfield.  Many of the schools in those counties met the requirements for "Distinguished School" status.  However, if even one school in a county falls short in one sub-group, and is designated as a "Needs Improvement" school, the state lists the entire county as "Did not make AYP."

The number of high schools failing to make AYP increased dramatically from last year, increasing from 53 percent to 67 percent.  Overall, 29 percent of the state's public schools failed to make AYP, up from 21 percent last year.  However the graduation rate actually increased, from 77.8 percent to 79.9 percent.  Interim state superintendent of schools Brad Bryant says many of the negative scores can be attributed to increasingly high benchmarks on the federal level.

Here is the information, provided by the Georgia DOE:

Just over 14% of schools are in NI status this year,
compared to 15.4% last year. Thirty-five schools across the state shook
the Needs Improvement label by having made AYP for two consecutive years.

  "The initial AYP results demonstrate that our schools are more focused
than ever and that is translating into fewer schools in Needs Improvement
status," said State School Superintendent Brad Bryant. "However, the
academic bar and the graduation rate requirement increased this year,
leading to a smaller percentage of schools making AYP, which is something
we will focus closely on over the next several months.

  More than 71% of Georgia's public schools made AYP, a drop from 79% of
schools that made AYP last year. This drop is due in large part to the
increase in the academic bar in mathematics that students in elementary
and middle school had to meet in order for a school to make AYP.  The
graduation rate that high schools must meet also increased this year to

  The final AYP report will be released in the fall and will include
summer retest scores, summer graduates and appeals.

   Compared to initial AYP results last year, the 2010 report shows that:
   - The percentage of schools in NI status decreased from 15.4% to 14.1%.

   - The number of schools in NI status decreased from 334 to 305.

   - The percentage of schools making AYP decreased eight points from  79.1% to 71.1%.

   The percentage of high schools making AYP continues to lag behind. In 2010, just over 33% of the state's high schools made AYP, a decrease of
almost 14 percentage points from 2009's initial results.

   "We know there is a lot of hard work going on in our high schools, but
we must provide more focused support for our students and teachers,"
Superintendent Bryant said. "I am committed to focusing on the needs of
our high schools to ensure they are preparing students for the 21st

   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% proficiency for all students by
2014. This year, the academic goal for grades 3-8 increased in mathematics
and 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. 

   Initial results show that 35 schools came out of Needs Improvement
status by making AYP for the second consecutive year.

   "Getting out of NI status isn't easy," Superintendent Bryant said.
"These 35 schools should be very proud of their accomplishments, but have
to remain focused so they continue making improvements."

   There are 305 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 2009, there were 334 NI schools after the initial results. That number
dropped to 278 after retests, summer graduates and appeals were worked
into the formula.

   "As we normally do, I believe we will see the number of NI schools drop
again when we do our final AYP determinations in the fall," Superintendent
Bryant said. 

  The state's initial 2010 graduation rate is 79.9%. That is up from the
initial 2009 graduation rate of 77.8% and the final 2009 graduation rate
of 78.9%, which included summer graduates. 

  "Improving the graduation rate is crucial to Georgia being competitive
with other states in recruiting and retaining jobs," Superintendent Bryant
said. "The more students graduating from high school with a meaningful
diploma, the more students we have ready to go to college or enter the
workforce. There is still more work to be done, but this year's graduation
rate is an encouraging sign."

 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
80% or higher, up from 75% last year. If a school did not make that goal,
they could use a "second look" which means:
   - Having a graduation rate that averaged 80% or higher over the past
three years OR
   - Having a graduation rate of at least 60% the previous year (2009) and
showing a 10% improvement in the rate this year.

   The report sheds more light on the need for Congress to
reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - No Child
Left Behind.  Even though both the Spellings administration and the Duncan
administration at the U.S. Department of Education have worked to grant
administrative flexibility, it has been insufficient to overcome the
original accountability benchmarks established by Congress in 2001.

   "As a state, we have no problem moving toward a proficiency rate of
100% - to do anything else would underserve a portion of Georgia's
students," said Superintendent Bryant. "We are frustrated over the fact
that the original authorization of No Child Left Behind came with the
promise that it would be reauthorized in five years with increased
flexibility in return for increased accountability. Once again we call
upon Congress to act in a manner which supports the hundreds of thousands
of teachers and school leaders across the nation who are more focused on
student learning than ever before."

- AYP Website (spreadsheets with school-level information can be
downloaded from this site):
- AYP "By the Numbers":
- AYP Frequently Asked Questions:


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Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Baldwin County
Jonesville Middle School, Carroll County
Beach High School, Chatham County*
Chattahoochee County Middle School, Chattahoochee County
Barnett Shoals Elementary School, Clarke County
Kendrick Middle School, Clayton County
Mundy's Mill Middle School, Clayton County
Sequoyah Middle School, Clayton County
Swint Elementary School, Clayton County
Cooper Middle School, Cobb County
Griffin Middle School, Cobb County
Smitha Middle School, Cobb County
Arnall Middle School, Coweta County
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Dooly County Elementary School, Dooly County
Glascock County Consolidated School, Glascock County
Risley Early College Academy, Glynn County
Meadowcreek High School, Gwinnett County
Richards Middle School, Gwinnett County
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Lamar County Elementary School, Lamar County
Marietta 6th Grade School, Marietta City
Herschel Jones Middle School, Paulding County
Cedartown Middle School, Polk County
Van Wert Elementary School, Polk County
Laney High School, Richmond County*
Telfair County Middle School, Telfair County
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Terrell Middle School, Terrell County
Southeast Elementary School, Valdosta City
Carver Middle School, Walton County
T.J. Elder Middle School, Washington County

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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
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Gainesville City
Jasper County Primary School, Jasper County
Maxwell Elementary School, McDuffie County
Thomson Elementary School, McDuffie County
South Mitchell County Elementary 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
Ridge Road Primary School, Washington County
Jack P. Nix Primary School, White County
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Worth County Primary School, Worth County

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Banks County Primary School, Banks County
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Lamar Reese School of the Arts, Dougherty County
Lindsey Elementary School, Houston County
Perry Primary School, Houston County
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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

* This school received a School Improvement Grant. As a result, it is no
longer in Needs Improvement status.

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