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Three schools in Columbia County failed to make adequate yearly progress last school year.

Evans High, Grovetown Middle and Harlem Middle schools came up short on some criteria used to determine schools' AYP as determined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Superintendent Charles Nagle said Friday those schools still have a good chance of redeeming their AYP status, though.

The state Department of Education uses scores on such standardized tests as the Criterion-Referenced Competen-cy Tests to help determine AYP. On those tests, pupil populations are broken down into subcategories based on race, disabilities and socio-economic status.

If a large enough group in any subcategory fails to meet the minimum standards set by the state on those tests, then the entire school is deemed inadequate.

As a second consideration, elementary and middle schools must meet minimum requirements on attendance rates and high schools must meet minimum graduation rates to make AYP.

"Evans High School needs nine more students to graduate," Nagle said of how close the school is to meeting the 85 percent graduation rate minimum. "Evans High has 24 students who could possibly graduate this summer. ... We will know the status of this after summer school."

A summer school graduation ceremony will be held July 8.

Nagle said he also believes Grovetown and Harlem middle schools will make AYP after the state factors in scores from retests administered in May.

Just a few too many pupils at each school failed the CRCT on the administration in April.

Though the retests already have been taken, Nagle said the state won't count them until the fall. Department of Education officials said this week that they'll release initial school-level AYP results next month.

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DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 06/24/11 - 12:05 pm
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LMAO! This is awesome!

LMAO! This is awesome!

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Chillen 06/24/11 - 12:20 pm
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Well, it looks like the kids

Well, it looks like the kids zoned for Harlem High will no longer be able to attend Greenbrier. They are off the list.

Look for at least 9 students to graduate from Evans High this summer. Whether they deserve to or not.

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Andyinc30906 06/24/11 - 12:28 pm
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“Evans High School needs nine

“Evans High School needs nine more students to graduate,” Nagle said of how close the school is to meeting the 85 percent graduation rate minimum. “Evans High has 24 students who could possibly graduate this summer. ... We will know the status of this after summer school.”

Does this mean that a selected 9 students will finally meet requirements just so they can meet the 85%?

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happychimer 06/24/11 - 12:33 pm
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My goodness!

My goodness!

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Mr. Thackeray 06/24/11 - 12:36 pm
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Figures, CCBOE really doesn't

Figures, CCBOE really doesn't care for those across I-20 as long as they keep their place! Harlem HS would LOVE to see an 85% grad. rate--it is in the low 60s!!!

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momster59 06/24/11 - 01:03 pm
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Chillen says - "Look for at

Chillen says - "Look for at least 9 students to graduate from Evans High this summer. Whether they deserve to or not."

For once we are in perfect agreement on something. I believe that whether they even attend or not that the number required to bring the stats up to par will magically get the marks needed to graduate. Having worked for this system in the past, I will be willing to bet the teachers dealing with them will be harassed and bullied into giving them the marginal grade to make that happen.

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stillamazed 06/24/11 - 02:38 pm
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Mr. Thackeray, where did you

Mr. Thackeray, where did you get get your stats on Harlem High? It is in CC also, so why if the stats are that low would it be excluded from this article? Just curious! And to Downtown Jaguar, I don't think it is funny when any child fails, regardless of where they live. These young people will someday be in charge and be filling jobs, no one should think it is funny just because it is CC. I grew up poor as dirt and we work hard to provide a better life for our children, when my husband got asigned to Ft Gordon we chose CC because of the schools and the lower crime rate, not because we thought we were better than anyone else. I will never forget where I came from and I think alot of the comments about CC are unwarrented. Are there snobs in CC, sure but in certain parts of RC you will find plenty of them also.

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augusta citizen 06/24/11 - 02:39 pm
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Why would you think this is

Why would you think this is awesome Downtown Jaguar?

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countyman 06/24/11 - 04:10 pm
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Out of the two largest

Out of the two largest schools districts(Richmond and Columbia) on the Georgia side of metro Augusta..

Harlem had the lowest graduation rate in the 2009-2010 school year beating Laney by 1% point.. The graduation at Harlem was 64%... The graduation rate at Evans is higher..

AYP is based on standardized testing(and not solely on graduation rates)...

I tend to judge schools by the number of AP classes, graduation rates, SAT scores or if they offer an IB program.....

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Riverman1 06/24/11 - 04:39 pm
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Richmond County schools had

Richmond County schools had the lowest CRCT scores around. Burke and McDuffie even beat them. Columbia County was way ahead of them.

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Riverman1 06/24/11 - 04:56 pm
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Note in the chart below from

Note in the chart below from the August Chronicle that Harlem has higher SAT scores than all schools in Richmond County except Davidson and AR. Johnson. Harlem is barely behind AR Johnson.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2010-09-13/scores-dip-slight...

2010 SAT Results
HIGH SCHOOL Test Takers Critical Reading* Math* Writing* Average Score Change from 2009
Academy of Richmond County 154 458 454 447 1359 9
Augusta Youth Dev. Center 3 - - - - N/A
Augustus R. Johnson Health 71 496 502 485 1483 -56
Butler High School 65 405 400 400 1205 39
Cross Creek High School 137 430 428 411 1269 -110
Glenn Hills High School 65 393 388 390 1171 4
Hephzibah Comprehensive 131 431 424 415 1270 -115
John S. Davidson Fine Arts 78 579 565 565 1709 -35
Lucy Craft Laney High School 28 386 401 388 1175 27
T. W. Josey High School 48 382 398 398 1178 -32
Westside High School 95 458 473 444 1375 -115
All of Richmond County 875 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Evans High School 267 497 502 470 1469 2
Greenbrier High School 368 506 520 492 1518 -8
Grovetown High School 61 463 464 437 1364 n/a
Harlem High School 86 489 476 474 1439 32
Lakeside High School 261 538 545 519 1602 2
All of Columbia County 1043 498.6 501.4 478.4 1478.4 -22
Georgia (All Schools) 66,019 488 490 475 1453 -7
Aiken High 194 483 491 463 1437 -87
Aiken Performing Arts Academy 4 - - - - N/A
Midland Valley High 78 485 510 454 1449 24
North Augusta High 247 497 508 466 1472 22
Ridge Spring Monetta High 23 453 475 428 1356 6
Silver Bluff High 62 468 501 456 1425 4
South Aiken High 242 518 528 492 1538 -25
Wagener-Salley High 38 400 442 404 1246 -43
Aiken County 888 491 506 467 1463 -14
South Carolina (All Schools) 25,122 484 495 468 1447 -5
United States 1,530,128 501 515 493 1509 0

*Mean scores are reported when there are five or more test takers.

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countyman 06/24/11 - 06:03 pm
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Everyday we have to hear

Everyday we have to hear Riverman rant about Richmond County.. Then he turns around and get's real defensive about Columbia County... Those are the CRCT results based on overall performance. Richmond County has Augusta(the main city in the CSRA) and it's the largest county in the metro by far.. Even with all the growth in Columbia County the population was 76k less people than Richmond County as of July 4th, 2010.. In the future as the surrounding counties continue to grow and build more schools things will change...

Mcduffie and Burke only have one high school.. There are a total of five high school in Columbia County and all of them don't make AYP every year.. Imagine when they have ten high schools similar to Richmond County..

Let's judge the individual schools in RC vs the other counties... ARC is the only IB program in metro Augusta...

Newsweek ranked Davidson located in downtown Augusta the 75th best school in the entire country... The graduation rate at AR Johnson is 100%... The $30 million magnet school next to Augusta Tech in South Augusta is underway. ARC, Cross Creek, and Westside all had a graduation within 80% in 2010..

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countyman 06/24/11 - 06:01 pm
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Riverman.. Check out the 2009

Riverman.. Check out the 2009 SAT scroes..

2009 SAT scores
1. Davidson RC(#1 SAT score the state of GA) 1744
2. Lakeside CC 1600
3. AR Johnson RC 1539
4. Greenbriar CC 1526
5. Westside RC 1490
6. Evans CC 1469
7. Harlem CC 1402
8. Hephzibah RC 1385
9. Richmond RC 1350

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countyman 06/24/11 - 05:29 pm
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Riverman..The chronicle is

Riverman..The chronicle is holding my other comment. Inn 2009.. Westside had a much higher SAT score higher than Evans and Harlem.. The graduation rate Harlem was still the lowest besides Laney at 65% in 2010..

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Riverman1 06/24/11 - 05:28 pm
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"in 2009.. Westside had a SAT

"in 2009.. Westside had a SAT score higher than Evans and Harlem.."

LOL....don't mean to laugh, but couldn't help it.

Countyman, I do love Richmond County just as much as Columbia County, but you have to be truthful. I have major interests in both counties and Aiken, too, for that matter. Richmond County public schools don't do that well except for Davidson and AR Johnson. Realize for both of those magnet schools they only had 149 students taking the SAT. Greenbrier alone had about 350.

Know what you completely miss that is super about Richmond Cty.? They have fantastic private schools that everyone should be proud of. Parents support those schools with money and volunteer work. Richmond County has much to be proud of.

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countyman 06/24/11 - 06:03 pm
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Riverman.. You're lucky the

Riverman.. You're lucky the chronicle contniues to hold my comments.. Read my 6:16 comment...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/24/11 - 05:39 pm
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Countyman, relax. They hold

Countyman, relax. They hold all things anyone puts up with a link. The Chronicle certainly wants Augusta to do well, exactly as I do. Just say what you have to say. I'll believe you if you quote some data.

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countyman 06/24/11 - 05:46 pm
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Riverman... I know you don't

Riverman... I know you don't want to compare the graduation rates at the three schools..

2009 SAT Scores
Westside 1490
Evans 1467
Harlem 1407
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:oBXOfoyADP4J:video....

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countyman 06/24/11 - 06:46 pm
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Okay, but Westside SAT scores

Okay, but Westside SAT scores beat Evans by 23 and Harlem by 87 points in 2009... The graduation rate at Westside, ARC, and Cross Creek were similar to Evans in 2010 and much higher than Harlem..

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countyman 06/24/11 - 06:08 pm
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Riverman... 86 people at

Riverman... 86 people at Harlem took the SAT... The number at Greenbrier is high because it's overcrowded...

countyman
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countyman 06/24/11 - 06:26 pm
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2009 SAT scores 1. Davidson

2009 SAT scores
1. Davidson RC 1744
2. Lakeside CC 1600
3. AR Johnson RC 1539
4. Greenbriar CC 1526
5. Westside RC 1485
6. Evans CC 1469
7. Harlem CC 1402
8. Hephzibah RC 1385
9. Richmond RC 1350

2010 SAT scores
1. Davidson RC 1709(
2. Lakeside CC 1602
3. Greenbriar CC 1518
4. AR Johnson RC 1483
5. Evans CC 1471
6. Harlem CC 1439
7. Westside RC 1375
8. Grovetown CC 1364
9. Richmond RC 1359
10. Hephzibah RC 1270

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countyman 06/24/11 - 06:43 pm
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2010 Graduation rate... The

2010 Graduation rate... The recently opened Grovetown didn't have a graduation rate listed..
http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2010-10-26/local-state-graduati...

1. Davidson 100%
2. AR Johnson 100%
3. Lakeside 90%
4. Greenbrier 89.6%
5. Evans 83%
6. Cross Creek 80%
7. ARC 79%
8. Westside 79%
9. Glenn Hills 78%
10. Hephzibah 74%
11. Butler 73%
12. Josey 72%
13. Harlem 64%
12. Laney 63%

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Just My Opinion 06/24/11 - 06:57 pm
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I just made a few phone calls

I just made a few phone calls about this, to some people who are "in the know". They asked me not to say too much of what they told me, so all I will say is that at least Evans was honest about their graduation numbers, because other schools apparently weren't honest. I know this article's info was obtained from state resources, but the local officials are obviously aware of what's going on. Don't kill the messenger.

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Riverman1 06/24/11 - 07:05 pm
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That's great about Westside.

That's great about Westside. It's a good school. Well, it's not only Greenbrier, Lakeside had 261 and Evans 267. The point I'm making is that the effect of the two superior magnet schools with the total number of students is small with only 149 taking the SAT from both magnet schools.

The more I think about this magnet school concept with the small number of students they have, the more I worry they are actually bringing down the other schools. Those students are superior and would have a beneficial effect on the schools they would have ordinarily attended. It's my thesis they would bring the other students up. 149 is not many. See my point? How do you feel about doing away with magnet schools?

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countyman 06/24/11 - 07:12 pm
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Riverman.. Davidson is

Riverman.. Davidson is superior to every school in the state of Georgia.. The chronicle is holding two more of my comments... They're concerning the 2009 and 2010 SAT scores and the 2010 graduation rates.. Read them and then come back and comment on the article again..

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DowntownJaguar 06/24/11 - 07:15 pm
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I have lived in Columbia

I have lived in Columbia County and Richmond County. When I lived in Columbia County all I heard was how good the schools were. Honestly I just think it is funny because it is bad publicity for that county. Maybe Evans will get national attention over the Knob Hill debacle like it did over the football scandal in the 80s--LOL.

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RunningMan 06/25/11 - 09:06 am
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Thank God for Davidson. I

Thank God for Davidson. I have been telling folks for many years how special it is to the kids in RC. It also proves the positive affects the Arts has on student's ability to learn and do well in other subjects like math, science, and english.

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countyman 06/24/11 - 07:39 pm
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Riverman.. I don't think the

Riverman.. I don't think the magnet school or magnet concept is going anywhere.. Davidson and AR Johnson are 6th to 12th grades.. CT Walker is K-8 and there's another $30 million magnet high school underway next to Augusta Tech.. Before Dr. Roberson got sick the RCBOE was planning to expand the magnet concept.. Hephzibah elementary, Hephzibah middle, Morgan rd, Butler, Cross Creek and Josey had magnet programs were all in the planning stages..

Three other magnet programs at elementary schools were proposed. I'm not sure about the first two elementary schools listed below.. Lake Forest is presently considered and IB PYP Candidate school. The school turns the application B in on October 2011...

1. A. Brian Elementary: Proposed School for Science and Mathematics
2. Hains Elementary: Proposed School of Discovery (with emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
3. Lake Forest Hills Elementary: Applying to be the site of an IB-sanctioned Primary Years Programme

The IB program at ARC is an magnet program..
http://arc.rcboe.org/www/arc_rcboe/site/hosting/IB/index.htm

The Arts Infusion at Warren rd Elementary is another magnet program.. The Academy for Advanced Placement at Laney High is considered an magnet program..

Columbia county is still a bedroom community and not an true suburb.. Over the next decade I'm sure they'll probably build an charter or magent school.. Dekalb and Gwinnett are both suburbs of Atlanta have either magnet or chater schools..

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Riverman1 06/24/11 - 07:47 pm
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Countyman, I've already

Countyman, I've already posted the 2010 SAT scores for schools in both counties. Westside is pretty good. Heck, we sort of look at them as a Columbia County school. We play them in sports and our neighborhoods border theirs.

But, seriously, what about my point about Davidson turning out few students? Richmond County is much bigger than Columbia County yet Davidson only had 78 taking the SAT and AR Johnson 71. Laney and the rest have few students taking the test. I believe the magnet schools take the best students and deprive the schools of role models.

One other point, when schools limit those who take the SAT as obviously occurring in Richmond County schools, scores tend to be higher. Columbia County has a high percentage of students taking the test and still scores well.

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Riverman1 06/24/11 - 07:51 pm
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Keep in mind Richmond County

Keep in mind Richmond County 8th grade CRCT is dead last in the 4 counties. Richmond, Columbia, Burke and McDuffie. That's the only objective measurement we have of ALL students taking the same test. Most students in Richmond don't take the SAT while most do in Columbia County.

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