Fewer SC schools meet goals

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Four out of five South Carolina schools fell short of meeting Adequate Yearly Progress in 2008 as federal goals increased.

Adequate Yearly Progress is the federal school report card for No Child Left Behind standards. Each year schools must meet 100 percent of educational goals, varying from 17 to 21 objectives, to pass federal guidelines.

The goal is to have al students meet proficient, or B-plus averages, in English/language arts and math curricula by 2014.

Officials blame the poor showing on the federal government's decision to move test score targets for elementary and middle schools up more than 50 percent from last year’s requirements.

For example, schools in which 38.2 percent of pupils scored proficient in English last year would need to score 58.8 percent proficient this year to meet standards.

Complete data for the state, districts and high schools, however, won’t be available until next week because of computation errors.

Only eight elementary and middle schools in Aiken County met 100 percent of goals. No elementary or middle school in Edgefield, Barnwell or McCormick counties met AYP.

“Principals will have trouble explaining why their schools didn’t meet AYP for the first time even though their performance improved,” state Education Superintendent Jim Rex Schools said in a press release. “It’s a perplexing message when your school appears to be getting better and worse at the same time. Your gain ends up looking like a loss.”

AYP reports scores for all students, including subgroups based on race, ethnicity, disability and income.

Schools not meeting all progress goals each year are deemed “failing” under federal guidelines.

SCHOOLS MEETING ALL PROGRESS GOALS

Aiken County:

Aiken Elementary, Belvedere Elementary, Chukker Creek Elementary, Byrd Elementary, Gloverville Elementary, North Augusta Elementary, North Augusta Middle, Oakwood-Windsor Elementary

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 10/01/08 - 03:39 pm
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Some of the schools meet AYP

Some of the schools meet AYP and some don't. Kind of makes you wonder if "leveling the playing field by lowering the standards" was such a good idea after all. Playing catch up will be the order of the day for years to come.

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teacher02 10/01/08 - 05:57 pm
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More and more schools will

More and more schools will continue to "fail" due to NCLB. There will NEVER be 100% of students meeting proficiency, so by 2014, there will not be a single school that meets AYP. And there are far too many variables to put the majority of the blame on the school systems. Schools cannot control juvenile delinquency outside of the schools, gangs, teenage pregnancy, absences, poor parenting, or the student who despite everyone's best effort refuses to do what is asked. Heck, the schools can't even deal with in house discipline effectively because of NCLB. What that means is more disruptive students are left in the classroom ruining education for everyone. Did anyone watch the recent videos of fights at Butler and Richmond Academy? Do you think those were model students that were involved? Those very students will count against the school's AYP. Hopefully, whoever is elected will address this very real problem and offer some legislation that is realistic, meaningful, and actually beneficial to all parties.

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