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Fewer than half of Richmond County's schools - 21 of 55 - met Adequate Yearly Progress this year, according to preliminary results released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education.

The figure - which will be finalized in the fall to include summer retest scores, summer graduates and appeals - was 12 fewer than last summer's preliminary report and 21 fewer than the county's final 2009 report, which was received in October.

"It is the goal of the Richmond County School System to have all schools meet AYP," Interim Superintendent Dr. James Whitson said in a release. "However, the 8.1 percentage point increase in the math indicator proved to be a challenge for our elementary and middle schools. Six of the nine middle schools missed AYP only in math. In addition, all but one elementary school missed AYP only in math."

By comparison, Monday's release showed 28 of Columbia County's 30 schools meeting this year's annual measure of school performance under the No Child Left Behind legislation. Only Grovetown and Harlem high schools did not meet AYP. Harlem was the county's only school labeled Needs Improvement - a status it was first given in 2009.

Richmond County showed gains in its graduation rate, increasing from 70.4 percent two school years ago to 76.2 percent this past school year. Graduation rates increased at all of the county's high schools - with the exception of magnets, which held steady at 100 percent.
Columbia County's graduation rate increased only slightly, from 83 percent in 2009 to 83.3 percent this year.

Columbia County Assistant Superintendent Jeff Carney said he was proud of his system's overall results but noted that meeting AYP, especially for high schools, will only get harder as requirements in areas such as math and English increase. Ultimately, the federal goal is 100 percent proficiency by 2014.

Thirteen of the 34 Richmond County schools that did not meet AYP in Monday's 2010 preliminary report are in Needs Improvement status, one more than last year. The one Richmond County school that came off Needs Improvement, Laney High School, did not meet AYP for the past school year but was put into "adequate" status because it received a federal school improvement grant that will be used, in part, to replace half the school's teachers.

Of the Richmond County schools on Needs Improvement, two - Glenn Hills High and Langford Middle - were listed in Monday's report as making AYP for the past school year. A school must meet AYP two consecutive years to be taken off Needs Improvement.

Richmond County schools on Needs Improvement that didn't make AYP this year are: Academy of Richmond County, Barton Chapel Elementary, Butler High, Cross Creek High, Glenn Hills Middle, Hephzibah High, Jenkins White Elementary, Josey High, Murphey Middle, Hornsby K-8, and Westside High.

AYP consists of three parts - test participation, academic achievement and a "second indicator," which includes the graduation rate. For a school to meet AYP, all students, as well as any qualifying subgroup, must meet goals in all three categories.

Statewide, fewer Georgia schools were in Needs Improvement, with just more than 14 percent now in the category compared with 15.4 percent in 2009.

"The initial AYP results demonstrate that our schools are more focused than ever and that is translating into fewer schools in Needs Improvement status," interim State School Superintendent Brad Bryant said in a release. "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 percent of Georgia's public schools made AYP. Last year, 79 percent of schools did. Besides new academic goals , the required graduation rate also increased this year to 80 percent, with an exception for schools that averaged an 80 percent graduation rate in the past three years or had a rate of at least 60 percent that improved 10 percent this year.

Ga. schools slip in performance

ATLANTA  — The percentage of Georgia schools meeting federal benchmarks took a dive this year as the bar to pass math tests for most students was raised, according to data released by the state Monday.

Just 71 percent of schools made "adequate yearly progress," compared with 79 percent last year. The figure likely will improve at the end of the summer once students have completed retakes of state tests.

At the same time, the number of schools on the federal "needs improvement" list — where schools land when they don't meet goals two consecutive years — decreased from 334 to 305. That means those schools will no longer face sanctions, such as having to offer tutoring and allow students to transfer to higher performing schools in the same district.

Schools on that list for multiple years face state interventions.

"The initial results demonstrate that our schools are more focused than ever and that is translating into fewer schools in needs improvement status," state schools Superintendent Brad Bryant said in a news release.

-- Associated Press

By The Numbers: Richmond Co.
SYSTEM INFORMATIONRichmond County (721)
Number of Schools55
Schools Meeting AYP21 (38.2%)
Schools Not Meeting AYP34 (61.8%)
AYP INDICATORS
Schools Meeting Test Participation55 (100%)
Schools Meeting Academic Performance23 (41.8%)
Schools Meeting Second Indicator48 (87.3%)
AYP STATUSSYSTEM DID NOT MEET AYP
School NameAYP StatusTest ParticipationAcademic PerformanceSecond Indicator
Academy of Richmond County High SchoolNYNY
Augusta A & D Program(Not Enough Students)....
Barton Chapel Elementary SchoolNYNY
Bayvale Elementary SchoolNYNY
Blythe Elementary SchoolNYNY
Butler High SchoolNYNN
Collins Elementary SchoolNYNY
Copeland Elementary SchoolNYNY
Craig-Houghton Elementary SchoolYYYY
Cross Creek High SchoolNYYN
Davidson Magnet SchoolYYYY
Deer Chase Elementary SchoolYYYY
Diamond Lakes Elementary SchoolNYNY
Freedom Park ElementarYYYY
Garrett Elementary SchoolNYNY
Glenn Hills Elementary SchoolNYNY
Glenn Hills High SchoolYYYY
Glenn Hills Middle SchoolNYNY
Goshen Elementary SchoolYYYY
Gracewood Elementary SchoolYYYY
Hains Elementary SchoolNYNY
Hephzibah Elementary SchoolYYYY
Hephzibah High SchoolNYNN
Hephzibah Middle SchoolNYNY
Jamestown Elementary SchoolNYNY
Jenkins-White Elementary Charter SchoolNYNY
Johnson MagnetYYYY
Josey High SchoolNYNN
Lake Forest Hills Elementary SchoolYYYY
Lamar - Milledge Elementary SchoolNYNY
Laney High SchoolNYNN
Langford Middle SchoolNYNN
Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta(Not Enough Students)....
McBean Elementary SchoolYYYY
Meadowbrook Elementary SchoolNYNY
Merry Elementary SchoolYYYY
Monte Sano Elementary SchoolNYNY
Morgan Road Middle SchoolNYNY
Murphey Middle Charter SchoolNYNY
National Hills Elementary SchoolYYYY
Pine Hill Middle SchoolNYNY
Rollins Elementary SchoolNYNY
Sego Middle SchoolNYNY
Southside Elementary SchoolYYYY
Spirit Creek Middle SchoolNYNY
Sue Reynolds Elementary School YYYY
Terrace Manor Elementary SchoolYYYY
Tobacco Road Elementary SchoolNYNY
Tutt Middle SchoolYYYY
W.S. Hornsby K-8 SchoolNYNY
Walker Traditional Elementary SchoolYYYY
Warren Road Elementary SchoolYYYY
Westside High SchoolNYYN
Wheeless Road Elementary SchoolNYNY
Wilkinson Gardens Elementary SchoolYYYY
Willis Foreman Elementary SchoolYYYY
Windsor Spring Road Elementary SchoolNYNY

View complete results at GADOE.org

By The Numbers: Columbia Co.
SYSTEM INFORMATIONColumbia County (636)
Number of Schools30
Schools Meeting AYP28 (93.3%)
Schools Not Meeting AYP2 (6.7%)
AYP INDICATORS
Schools Meeting Test Participation30 (100%)
Schools Meeting Academic Performance29 (96.7%)
Schools Meeting Second Indicator28 (93.3%)
AYP STATUSSYSTEM DID NOT MEET AYP
School NameAYP StatusTest ParticipationAcademic PerformanceSecond Indicator
Bel Air Elementary SchoolYYYY
Blue Ridge Elementary SchoolYYYY
Brookwood Elementary SchoolYYYY
Cedar Ridge Elementary SchoolYYYY
Columbia Middle SchoolYYYY
Euchee Creek Elementary SchoolYYYY
Evans Elementary SchoolYYYY
Evans High SchoolYYYY
Evans Middle SchoolYYYY
Greenbrier Elementary SchoolYYYY
Greenbrier High SchoolYYYY
Greenbrier Middle SchoolYYYY
Grovetown Elementary SchoolYYYY
Grovetown High SchoolNYNN
Grovetown Middle SchoolYYYY
Harlem High SchoolNYYN
Harlem Middle SchoolYYYY
Lakeside High SchoolYYYY
Lakeside Middle SchoolYYYY
Lewiston Elementary SchoolYYYY
Martinez Elementary SchoolYYYY
North Columbia Elementary SchoolYYYY
North Harlem Elementary SchoolYYYY
River Ridge ElementarYYYY
Riverside Elementary SchoolYYYY
Riverside Middle SchoolYYYY
South Columbia Elementary SchoolYYYY
Stallings Island Middle SchoolYYYY
Stevens Creek Elementary SchoolYYYY
Westmont Elementary SchoolYYYY

View complete results at GADOE.org

AYP REQUIREMENT

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. 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 area are placed in "Needs Improvement" status and face escalating consequences. A school can miss as little as one performance target and not make AYP.

To meet AYP, each system and the state must meet the following criteria: 95% Participation, Academic Performance (Annual Measurable Objective), and Second Indicator. The system (or state) overview lists each school (or system) and indicates which AYP component the school/system met or did not meet.

Source: RCBOE, Georgia Department of Education

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates Richmond County showed gains, increasing from 70.4 percent in 2009 to 76.2 percent in 2010. Here’s a look at individual school rates:

 20102009
Cross Creek77.775
Butler72.559.3
Hephzibah72.271.3
Westside75.574.4
Glenn Hills78.267.3
A.R. Johnson Magnet100100
Josey71.363.3
Academy of Richmond County78.169
Davidson Fine Arts Magnet100100
Laney60.456.6

Columbia County increased from 83 percent in 2009 to 83.3 percent in 2010. Here’s a look at individual school rates:

 20102009
Harlem62.166
Lakeside89.189.8
Greenbrier89.388.1
Evans80.182.4


Source: Georgia Department of Education

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bone1
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bone1 07/20/10 - 07:32 am
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wonder if ACES will issue a

wonder if ACES will issue a public apology to the principal - seems like she has at least vindicated herself for this past school year.

whoops - ACES changed the title of the article after i posted and now laney is looking only slightly better than the other schools in RC. here's one that's undeniable: BLACKS cost columbia county AYP designation this year - well, students with disabilities who are tested didn't help much either, but don't get me started on that silliness.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/19/10 - 02:35 pm
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Seems like that would be the

Seems like that would be the right thing to do, bone 1, if the huge improvement is more than paperwork. The teachers union is VERY powerful in Georgia politics. Strange thing can "just happen". The complaint about "teaching to the test" should say all there is to say about producing a quality product.

OnlyinAgs1
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OnlyinAgs1 07/19/10 - 02:37 pm
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They are off the needs

They are off the needs improvement list but did not make AYP, there is a difference.
http://www.ajc.com/news/29-percent-of-schools-573667.html

OnlyinAgs1
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OnlyinAgs1 07/19/10 - 02:40 pm
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There is a

There is a difference.

Richmond County Laney High School Did Not Meet Adequate Did Not Meet Details

http://www.ajc.com/news/2010-georgia-ayp-results-573585.html?appSession=...

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 07/19/10 - 03:18 pm
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No wonder Cathy Cox left and

No wonder Cathy Cox left and took Dr. Bedden with him. Whew! What a mess.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/19/10 - 03:22 pm
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Why don't the taxpayers of

Why don't the taxpayers of Augusta hold someone accountable for this mess- like RCBOE?

Laney lost NI because of the Federal grant money, not because she improved the school. They still didn't make AYP. The AC doesn't owe that principal any thing.

So, Deke, do you get it NOW that you need to fix the schools before you worry about a stadium or recruiting businesses- because until you do, you will be fighting a losing battle?

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/19/10 - 03:24 pm
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Pastor, Cathy Cox was

Pastor, Cathy Cox was secretary of state. You're thinking of Kathy Cox, and she went to Washington DC. Dr. Bedden went to Irving, Texas. Hope that helps.

teacher02
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teacher02 07/19/10 - 03:35 pm
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I think it's obvious that a

I think it's obvious that a number of schools in Richmond County can do better. But unless NCLB is changed soon, there won't be a single non-magnet school that makes AYP. By 2014, 100% of students must pass the math and reading tests for a school to make AYP. I'm all for setting the bar high, but when you make it unreachable, what good is that doing anyone?

30cal
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30cal 07/19/10 - 04:12 pm
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IF the student FAIL"S to

IF the student FAIL"S to learn
THE instructor failed to instruct.....heardn this for years when I was an instructor but in civilian life it is only partly true w/o back up from staff (and an occasional S.W.A.T. team visit ) and parents doing their job's. you might as well be teaching _ _ _ _ _ _ _(insert specie's here)to read and write or maybe right .

crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/19/10 - 04:25 pm
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Unfortunately, as many of the

Unfortunately, as many of the responsible working families that encourage their children in their educational endeavors, are leaving Richmond County. And since the young people that want to learn are leaving, trying to teach someone that doesn't want to learn, is increasingly difficult. Therefore the learning abilities of the students in the Richmond County school systems overall average I.Q. is slowly dropping. A teacher can try their best to teach students, but without parent involvement and encouragement, they're fighting a losing battle.

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Cestlavie 07/19/10 - 04:58 pm
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One of the issues that is

One of the issues that is important in GA, as far as the political part of education goes, is that the curriculum needs fixing badly. The new math curriculum, for example, forces all HS students to take Alg. I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. There is only one diploma, and that's college prep. All students don't need or desire to attend college; some will go to technical school, or some will enter the job market as a high school graduate. Trig and Calculus are definitely college prep courses that are unnecessary for those deciding to learn a trade. This is Kathy Cox's legacy. We need to be careful who we select as State Superintendent and allow local school boards to decide what is best for their local communities. Final thought: No Child Left Behind means all the children get left behind chasing after unreachable goals.

Cestlavie
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Cestlavie 07/19/10 - 05:06 pm
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Also, making AYP is difficult

Also, making AYP is difficult in a county with a lot of movement. Graduation rates are based on the number of students in the 9th grade that graduate 4 years later. No consideration is given for a student that moves in that time frame and attends another school in the same county or state. It especially hits urban areas hard due to the frequent moving done by poorer families, as well as military families. If a student drops out, and returns to complete coursework for graduation, that is still counted against the school. It is easy to sit in an air conditioned office and think of ideas; the harder job is to understand the consequences of implementing those ideas.

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Taylor B 07/19/10 - 05:37 pm
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Cest, you nailed it. Not all

Cest, you nailed it. Not all kids are destined for a four year school. I'd like to see a greater emphasis on vocational training and life skills, such as balancing a household budget, understanding finance, and generally "living life as an adult." This would pay off, giving kids more career paths and a better understanding of responsibility.

Also, teaching 12 years of English and half a semester of government/economics is probably the cause of apathy towards voting and government involvment.

Just a thought.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/10 - 05:59 pm
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So Columbia County now has

So Columbia County now has two underperforming high schools. Many of us question the location where Grovetown HS was built. All it does is draw from Harlem HS's old area, leaving that school with barely enough students to justify its existence.

Grovetown HS should have been built closer to Evans to relieve the existing three high schools while drawing students from a better socioeconomic area. With more students at Harlem, efforts to improve one substandard school could have been concentrated.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/19/10 - 06:16 pm
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Are you kidding me? 62% of RC

Are you kidding me? 62% of RC schools didn't make AYP and Laney was so bad they didn't even count it !!! And WHAT were we paying Bedden that way too high salary for???? We got half the number of schools making AYP than the year before???? It sounds like we need to clean house at more schools than just Laney. Sounds like we need to be basing our hiring on something more than race. I do not understand why all of the taxpayers and parents are not down at the school board meetings and roaming the halls at BOE with sticks and clubs. And the parents can also use those sticks and clubs on their little darlings to go up side their head and make sure they pay attention and keep their mouths shut when in school. With these kinds of statistics I want a total refund of my $850 a year portion of my property taxes that goes to the school system. I am being robbed and so is every other RC taxpayer who sends money to this totally incompetent education system. The people in this county need to fess up and make a public admission that we either have the stupidest kids in the world or the stupidest teachers and administrators. Got to be one or the other and I lean toward stupid teachers and administrators. And 93% of Columbia County schools passed AYP? Now there is a number that ought to tell you something. It cannot be money because CC does not spend that much more PER STUDENT than RC so there must be a reason. Look at the teachers and administrators RC.....look really really hard and see if anything pops out at you.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/19/10 - 06:25 pm
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The new math curriculum, for

The new math curriculum, for example, forces all HS students to take Alg. I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus.

And the graduation rate is RISING????

WAKE UP, PEOPLE!

lylagirl
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lylagirl 07/19/10 - 06:27 pm
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Maybe the next super should

Maybe the next super should look into restructuring many of these school administrators

corgimom
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corgimom 07/19/10 - 06:34 pm
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And then there's this- from

And then there's this- from the RCBOE site-"Approximately 70%" of students receive free or reduced lunch.

At one point this year, it was up to 78%. Then the web site magically changed to "approximately 70%".

Does the RCBOE not know how to calculate accurate percentages?

Or were the stats changed to make RC look better than it really is?

How can all of those schools fail AYP, how can they have the math scores that they do, and the graduation rate is rising?

Lonnie.Wimberly
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Lonnie.Wimberly 07/19/10 - 07:22 pm
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GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL MADE

GLENN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL MADE AYP!!!!!!! Congratulation you Dr. Frazier, your students and your team! Now I'll waite for the sequel to come next year.

jam30830
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jam30830 07/19/10 - 08:04 pm
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All of this information is

All of this information is available on the GA DOE website. This article would serve a better purpose if it actually explained AYP and what it means instead of simply stating schools did not meet it. This is bad or poor journalism to simply state they did not make it and leave it at that. Many factors go into this and the general public does not understand this or what it means to make AYP. Simply reporting the facts or the AYP results are simply not enough in this instance and cause negative reactions the schools do not need at this time.

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gaspringwater 07/19/10 - 08:25 pm
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Columbia county ballots are

Columbia county ballots are on line and here's a party question:

DEMOCRATIC PARTY QUESTIONS

"Should education in Columbia County focus on preparing students for successful competition in a global market rather than focusing on test-taking preparation?"

Only two of the county's schools failed to make AYP and what are the county's Democrats thinking about.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/10 - 08:36 pm
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Gaspringwater, Columbia

Gaspringwater, Columbia County has Democrats?

disssman
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disssman 07/19/10 - 08:44 pm
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My but don't [ep[le love to

My but don't [ep[le love to throw the old "socioeconomic" word out to justify any argument. Whats wrong with saying "poor people"? It worked for centurys before now. Everytime I see that word my stomach turns.

disssman
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disssman 07/19/10 - 08:47 pm
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Dicotomy. Now you know why

Dicotomy. Now you know why Bedden left in such a hurry. He knew his inefficiency was about to catch up. I seriously wonder if the board, who loved him sooo much, gave him a goodbye bonus?

disssman
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disssman 07/19/10 - 08:54 pm
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Corgi. I personally know

Corgi. I personally know Crosscreek probably failed because the kids don't have math books. Sure they have half of a math program (the written questionaire booklet for homework), but we forgot to buy the program and computers for the other half. Consequently when the kids don't get it in class they have nothing at home to help them understand what they are supposed to be doing. That may be why we are failing - because we try to substitute automation gadgets for inefficiency. I am sure it isn't the teachers fault, because we don't have an office (like an Inspector General) that will listen to teacher complaints and investigate them. No, we let the principal who is really the problem, resolve problems, kinda like letting crooks run the court house.

disssman
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disssman 07/19/10 - 08:59 pm
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Jam30830. I disagree with

Jam30830. I disagree with you. Why should I be concerned with the intricacies as to why kids, attending schools I pay for, aren't receiving the education they should be. I am quite sure we have people doing jobs with super diplomas and degrees, the AYP is an indication to taxpayers as to just how effective these educators are and how well they spend money.

makemydaypunk
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makemydaypunk 07/19/10 - 09:00 pm
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Columbia County's schools had

Columbia County's schools had 28 of 30 schools to meet AYP for the past year, and Richmond County's schools had 21 of 55 schools meet AYP for the year. Now, what is the ratio of black & white student's for each school? Maybe we can then figure out where the problem is.

disssman
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disssman 07/19/10 - 09:05 pm
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Crackerjack. Exactly why we

Crackerjack. Exactly why we need to convert half the schools into alternative (babysitting with guards) schools. Only then will the kids be happy. Some will go to school to misbehave, but they will be with the group that dosen't want an education anyway, and another group will go to school and work hard for an education. If we think we can change a teenagers ideas and habbits we are surely stupid in this country. P.S. The alternative school should not get diplomas, rather they should get certificates of completion.

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Insider Information 07/19/10 - 09:14 pm
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Why is that when schools do

Why is that when schools do well everyone praises the teachers, but when schools don't do well they blame those in charge? Could someone explain that to me? It seems inconsistent.

jonesni
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jonesni 07/19/10 - 09:18 pm
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Attendance and discipline are

Attendance and discipline are also factors that influence AYP. Stop blaming TEACHERS and PRINCIPALS for everything. Parents send your children to school daily and teach them how to behave when get to school!!!!

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