Local schools show AYP improvement

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 12:03 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 4:31 PM
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The number of local schools making adequate yearly progress increased this year, according to initial results released shortly before noon today.

In Richmond County, 33 of 57 schools made AYP, up from 29 schools that met the federal benchmark this time a year ago, according to the Georgia Department of Education results. Today’s results don’t reflect the results of state retests, which will be factored into AYP determinations at a later time. Last year, the number of Richmond County schools making AYP jumped to 41 after the retests were considered.

In Columbia County, 27 of 29 schools made AYP compared with 25 in 2007-08.

Adequate yearly progress is the measure used to determine if a public school is meeting certain thresholds set forth by No Child Left Behind, federal education legislation enacted in 2002.

AYP is determined through test scores, test participation and what is called a “second indicator.” The second indicator is usually attendance in elementary and middle schools and graduation rates in high school.

A school must meet these measures, which steadily increase, for every demographic group of students. A school that misses one target for one group does not make AYP.

A school that fails to make AYP for two consecutive years is placed on the “needs improvement” list and is subject to escalating consequences. If the school misses AYP for an academic reason, the school must fail to make AYP in the same subject area to be placed on the list. To get off the list, a school must make AYP for two consecutive years.

Two Richmond County schools were removed from the “needs improvement” list, according to information released shortly before noon today.

Hephzibah Middle School and Tutt Middle School both made adequate yearly progress, or AYP, for the second consecutive year removing them from the list of escalating consequences.

Glenn Hills Elementary, Deer Chase Elementary and Copeland Elementary were added to the list.

Columbia County’s Harlem High School was placed on the “needs improvement” list. It was the only one in Columbia County. The school system had none on the list a year ago.

Harlem High failed to meet a 75 percent graduation rate, which is the AYP standard. The school posted a 64.1 percent graduation rate this year, which is down 4.2 percent compared to last year.

Harlem High now is on the Needs Improvement list and will have to offer students an option to transfer to a higher-performing school or tutoring services.

Schools Title 1 Director Lisa Soloff said she and other school officials hope to develop a plan by the end of the month to help Harlem High improve its graduation rate.

Earlier this year, administrators and counselors at Harlem initiated a new program called Commitment 2 Graduate, which offers encouragement and incentives to students to graduate on time.

“I think we’re going to try to filter some of that into our plan and into the middle schools as well,” Dr. Soloff said.

Economically disadvantaged students at Harlem High failed to meet standards on the math portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Test, but Dr. Soloff said she will appeal that decision. She believes revised test scores will show that the school did meet AYP for that category.

More than 79 percent of Georgia's public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, according to initial results released today -- a 10 point jump over 2008.

Statewide, 58 schools were taken off the "needs improvement” list.

The Georgia Department of Education highlighted the following area schools for making AYP 11 consecutive years: Waynesboro Primary School in Burke County and Maxwell Elementary School and Thomson Elementary School in McDuffie County.

ONLINE EXTRA

Click here to view a spreadsheet showing Richmond County and Columbia County AYP results for this year and last year. The spreadsheet shows which schools made AYP, how close schools came that did not and how schools performed compared to last year. Last year’s information reflects retest results, but this year’s information does not.

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/14/09 - 11:15 am
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I have the GA Dept of Edu

I have the GA Dept of Edu booked marked on my computer, and I do NOT see the 2009 listing yet. Where did you get this information?

Rose
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Rose 07/14/09 - 11:25 am
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It was announced less than an

It was announced less than an hr ago.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/14/09 - 11:39 am
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The state hasn't updated

The state hasn't updated their site to reflect the 2009 AYP for all schools yet it appears. Can't wait to see the Richmond County list, so I can compare it to some of the other counties.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 07/14/09 - 12:38 pm
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Every high school in Richmond

Every high school in Richmond County with the exception of (A.R. Johnson and Davidson Fine Arts) failed to meet AYP for 2009, that's EVERY high school, Laney, ARC, Butler, Cross Creek, Glenn Hills, Hephzibah, Josey and Westside *SIGHS* something has to be done.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/14/09 - 12:50 pm
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hey jack it doesn't matter

hey jack it doesn't matter that richmond county is turning out functional illiterates by the hundreds just as long as the can count to four...hut 1-hut 2-hut 3-hut 4. the moronic and idiotic school board will be happy to leave well enuff alone and continue to reward failing schools with costly athletic venues and and throw away more and more of the poor property owners hard earned tax dollars on waste, ineffective and useless programs for "knuckleheads"...oops i mean "at risk youths" and trouble makers.

get_real
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get_real 07/14/09 - 01:55 pm
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It is not fair that you label

It is not fair that you label all Richmond County students the way that you do. All Richmond County students are not "knuckleheads or "at risk youths." But I guess only a narrow- minded bigot like you would think that!

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 07/14/09 - 02:16 pm
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"Columbia County’s Harlem

"Columbia County’s Harlem High School was placed on the “needs improvement” list. It was the only one in Columbia County. The school system had none on the list a year ago.

Harlem High failed to meet a 75 percent graduation rate, which is the AYP standard. The school posted a 64.1 percent graduation rate this year, which is down 4.2 percent compared to last year."

Gee imagine that. CCBOE treats ALL Harlem schools like red-headed step kids and somebody finally noticed!

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/14/09 - 02:46 pm
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jackfruitpaper, AYP, NCLB,
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jackfruitpaper, AYP, NCLB, standardized testing are set up for lower income schools to fail. Why is there no outrage and questioning of the system itself? Does not EVERYONE see the direct correlation between making AYP and socioeconomic status? Lower income students do not have the resources at home to make AYP. It's nonsense to expect a kid on welfare to meet the same minimal standards as a kid in West Lake.

jduk22
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jduk22 07/14/09 - 05:02 pm
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GHES, As a parent and

GHES,
As a parent and Richmond County citizen, I pledge my support to help make our school I repeat our school better! I ask all parents AND teachers of GHES(GLENN HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL) to do better than their best this upcoming school year. For those that shout insults and mean-spirited comments you are only hurting the kids that are really trying their best. Please encourage our youth and show them how important school is !!!! Most of you have kids yourselves and I pray not only that my kid succeed but yours as well. If you are posting NEGATIVE comments and you are from Columbia County, how about volunteering in the Richmond County School system we could used all of your vast knowledge and energy that you used bashing Richmond County school systems in the Augusta Chronicle.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/14/09 - 05:30 pm
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well get real it is people

well get real it is people like you that are the problem in education, as a BLACK MAN there is a crisis with a higher percentage of black males not graduation high school than the entire school district of DETROIT michigan, but i guess as long as you can see your football every fall then it is okay. you have all of the non-charter/magnet school not meeting basic educational standard...not some but ALL OF THEM but again no problem as far as you are concerned, what we need is a renuewed emphasis on education, suspend or eliminate all extra=curricular activities for all schools not meeting ayp, get rid of all disruptive troble making students who do not have a desire to lean and lastly MANDATE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

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disssman 07/14/09 - 09:39 pm
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Crackertoy. I asume your

Crackertoy. I asume your reference to "at home references" means a full time mommy and also a daddy. I beg to differ with you that money makes you smarter. In fact parents make you smarter. At least the ones that show more than a passing interest in their kids do. I know of many kids that are not rich and they aren't dumb either. I really don't understand why we are so low on the totem pole. We pay our teachers and administrative personnel extremely good and high wages and yet we accept mediocre results and actually promote those results as something to be proud of. Remember this the next election and maybe we will eventually get people regulating the system that are knowledgeable and have education at heart.

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