New data raise AYP rates for Richmond County schools

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The number of Richmond County schools meeting federal standards under No Child Left Behind guidelines jumped 21 percentage points -- from 29 to 41 schools, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Education.

In July, the department reported that 50.9 percent of Richmond County’s 57 schools made adequate yearly progress, also known as AYP, for the 2007-08 school year, marking a decline from a year earlier.

Today’s updated numbers, however, show that 71.9 percent of schools made AYP, an improvement on last year's 70.2 percent.

The improvement is the result of the state department figuring in the results of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests retests and high school students who graduated this summer, according to the state Department of Education.

AYP is an annual federal assessment based on attendence, test scores, test participation and graduation rates.

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