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Most Richmond schools don't make Annual Yearly Progress list

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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%)
Schools Meeting Test Participation55 (100%)
Schools Meeting Academic Performance23 (41.8%)
Schools Meeting Second Indicator48 (87.3%)
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

By The Numbers: Columbia Co.
SYSTEM INFORMATIONColumbia County (636)
Number of Schools30
Schools Meeting AYP28 (93.3%)
Schools Not Meeting AYP2 (6.7%)
Schools Meeting Test Participation30 (100%)
Schools Meeting Academic Performance29 (96.7%)
Schools Meeting Second Indicator28 (93.3%)
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


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:

Cross Creek77.775
Glenn Hills78.267.3
A.R. Johnson Magnet100100
Academy of Richmond County78.169
Davidson Fine Arts Magnet100100

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


Source: Georgia Department of Education

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jojo55 07/20/10 - 01:49 pm
My daughter was a high school

My daughter was a high school teacher in RC and her findings of her students were the parents were less educated than the child and could not help the child with homework or anything else. These parents will not attend parent/teacher meetings and will not respond to the teacher's calls to the home, that is if they even have a home phone. It is really sad to have a situation like this. Most of her students were below the poverty level and she did everything she could to help them during school and after school. She bought their school supplies for them and everything but you can only do so much in situations like these.

Contrarian Coach
Contrarian Coach 07/20/10 - 02:14 pm
Man, Richmond County SUCKS!!!

Man, Richmond County SUCKS!!!

Social Economic Status is not being factored in at all. RCBOE's SES is crap, while CCBOE's is much better. That's not being changed anytime soon, gang. If you have a decent child, or are a decent educator in this system, RUN AS FAR AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL SYSTEM AS YOU CAN!

lylagirl 07/20/10 - 02:20 pm


Contrarian Coach
Contrarian Coach 07/20/10 - 02:25 pm
Until this issue is important

Until this issue is important enough for the vast majority of taxpayers to speak and act on it, the situation RCBOE is in will NEVER change. Just having a few people speak out on this section will not bring any change.

Reverie 07/20/10 - 02:45 pm
Seems to me that since the RC

Seems to me that since the RC central office dictates the means and methods for how to teach math that they own the process, so they should man-up and take all the blame for the low test scores. Many math teachers don't agree with the approach they are forced to use to teach math. Why not let the teachers do what they need to do instead of being micromanaged? Oops, I forgot the motto--don't rock the boat baby!

dreamschasers 07/20/10 - 04:05 pm
Appears Bedden dropped the

Appears Bedden dropped the "scat" bag and cleared out just in time!!!

Reverie 07/20/10 - 02:57 pm
jojo55 I sympathize with your

jojo55 I sympathize with your daughter. This scenario is and has been played out every year. It takes a lots of guts to teach in these circumstances day after day and try to reach the few who will listen. But since the few who will listen are statistically not enough to denote that the teacher has done their job, then the system has to blame the teacher or admit they are a failed institution. The 1st commandment of education is to protect the institution at all costs! Students, teachers, and taxpayers are all expendable.

dreamschasers 07/20/10 - 04:06 pm
Fire the central office and

Fire the central office and the Board of Education!! They are all incompetents!

aureliusdios 07/20/10 - 05:56 pm
We can't run from this

We can't run from this problem! Our taxes will go up because Johnny can't read or write; the crime rate will go up cause Johnny can't get a job, and on and on! We can't out run this problem and I don't think anyone has a solution other than to build bigger and better jails! Living in Columbia County won't be far enough soon!

just a comment or two
just a comment or two 07/20/10 - 10:39 pm
Two words: Private School

Two words:
Private School

lsmith 07/20/10 - 10:48 pm
There's a reason why Columbia

There's a reason why Columbia County students perform better than Richmond County's, and it has maybe a smidgen to do with money spent per student. For one thing, parents in Columbia county give a care and are probably educated themselves and pass along that value to their children. Richmond county demographics dictate that one parent households, or children being raised by "aunts" are the norm, and probably the parents weren't performers either. It's a total package in involved here. 70 percent of Richmond county households can't even manage to buy school lunch for their children. Everyone wants to blame teachers but the 800 pound gorilla standing in the corner is the main culprit that no one seems to want to pay any attention to and it's the parents, the home and the environment involved.

Contrarian Coach
Contrarian Coach 07/21/10 - 12:12 am
Get out and vote in November,

Get out and vote in November, people! 5 of the 10 RCBOE Board Members will be up for election! Time to make a change and vote them out!

gijoe7898 07/21/10 - 05:06 am
" Graduation rates increased

" Graduation rates increased at all of the county's high schools - with the exception of magnets, which held steady at 100 percent."

Funny. I skimmed all the comments and swear I didn't hear anyone mention this part of the article. We, as consumers, have choices. But when it comes to education for our children, most of us are limited to having them attend public schools. We know private school children do much better than public school students. But for most families, we can't afford the tuition at a private school. Why? Because the govt will not allow you to make that choice. Children or no children, you will pay taxes to support the local school system.

Forget that a private school can educate a child better that the public system, and at half the cost. Middle class America simply cannot afford to pay property taxes for public schools and pay private school tuition. Private schools are accomplishing so much more than public schools. Obama's administration killed a provision that was allowing hundreds of Washington, DC school children attend private school with vouchers. These kids thrived in the private school. But, can't upset the union. Obama killed the funding for that. Look it up, Libs, it's easy to find.

dorian122 08/09/10 - 02:44 pm
I am the parent of a

I am the parent of a Grovetown High School student. First I want to say that he had an awesome first year at GTHS. To those who made the comment about questioning where GTHS is located, you obviously have not been out to this area in ages because there are subdivisions being built every where! I do not feel GTHS is big enough for the current growth. There eventually will need to be another school built to accomadate the growth around the Greenbriar and Evans Schools. Those of you who love to just look at these AYP numbers with out looking into what they really mean, let me explain to you that the numbers of a brand new school will not be 100% of their performance until the original freshman class graduates. Finally, my son had great teachers at GTHS, but my childs education is not only their responsibility, it is also my resposibility as his parent. Please do not call any school in Columbia County a problem school. If you feel that any of the CC schools are a problem then you have lived a VERY sheltered life and have not seen PROBLEM schools! Don't let all these ridiculous numbers that our government has created get you in an uproar, they are not a benefit to our children.

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