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Most area schools fail to meet Adequate Yearly Progress

Posted July 21, 2011

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— Numbers released Thursday show most schools in the area did not meet grade-level requirements for reading and math in 2010-11, also known as Adequate Yearly Progress.

In Wake County, 22 of 163 public schools, or about 13.5 percent, met Adequate Yearly Progress, according to the preliminary results.

Durham Public Schools reported 13.2 percent of schools making AYP. Also, 15.4 percent of Orange County schools, 19 percent in Johnston County and 22.6 percent in Cumberland County met the goal. See all AYP results.

AYP requires schools to meet attendance targets and reading, math and language arts proficiency targets for various groups of students, including minorities, students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency and students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

Schools must meet all of their individual targets to get credit for making adequate progress overall. The results could impact Title I funding and provide families with the opportunity to change schools if their assigned school has missed AYP more than once.

Wake County public schools Superintendent Tony Tata said he expected the numbers to be lower because the bar was set higher.

“If the federal government is telling me, ‘Here is our expectation,’ then we better take that seriously,” he said.

Most area schools fail to meet Adequate Yearly Progress Most area schools fail to meet Adequate Yearly Progress

The federal No Child Left Behind act defines the percentage needed to meet AYP. The goal is to have all students at grade level by 2014. To reach that, the target goal increased significantly this year.

To meet AYP last year, 77 percent of students had to perform at grade level in math, This year required more than 88 percent. Forty-three percent of students had to read at grade level last year to meet AYP. That jumped up to more than 71 percent this year.

“If this were easy, it would already be done, you know, and tough standards are good. High standards are good. Increasing standards are good,” Tata said.

Last week, Wake County highlighted other numbers showing a steady increase in overall student achievement and the graduation rate.

“Those numbers, they all mean something, but that really doesn't take us off of our focus,” said parent Derrick Burr, who is part of Knightdale 100, a group of Knightdale parents working to improve student achievement.

The parents said they are not rattled by the report.

“I am glad that they raised the bar. I think that is very important, and I think parents just need to keep that in mind,” Burr said.

Wake County says 39 schools barely missed the goal for 2010-11 by missing one or two targets.

At the elementary school level, 18 of 103 Wake schools met all reported targets – Alston Ridge, Briarcliff, Carver, Cedar Fork, Davis Drive, Fuquay-Varina, Highcroft, Hilburn Drive, Lake Myra, Lead Mine, Olds, Olive Chapel, Rand Road, Reedy Creek, Wakelon, Wildwood Forest, Yates Mill and Zebulon. Another 28 elementary schools missed only one or two targets.

At the middle school level, Wakefield Middle was the only one of 32 Wake schools to meet all AYP targets. Another six schools missed only one or two targets.

At the high school level, three of 24 Wake schools met all targets – East Wake School of Health Science, East Wake School of Engineering Systems and Wake Early College of Health and Sciences. Another three schools missed only one or two targets.

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  • gabi Jul 22, 2011

    And BTW, for the record.... ONLY the Title I schools (the ones receiving extra help because of high populations of at-risk kids) are really even suffering when they don't make their numbers. Schools that are not considered Title I? Their numbers are routinely ignored.

  • gabi Jul 22, 2011

    For EZ: I agree with that request. I can't find the ones for my school either. But when you look at what's required for AYP or you ask the principal what the goals are and actually hear some of what they're being held to? It's absolutely horrendous. As an example, 60 percent of Learning Disabled students have to pass the EOG -- this goal takes NOTHING into consideration regarding what their learning disability may be. For example, severe dyslexia, but the test is WRITTEN and multiple choice. Do you think this child will EVER do well? Or 80 percent of the ESL children have to pass -- this goal doesn't consider what "ESL" means. Were these kids in the country for the past four years? Did they just get here 6 weeks before the test? And nowhere else in industry or college or the WORLD is any corporation or government expected to meet 100 percent of their goals in a strict pass/fail system by which to judge if the company or government is any good at doing their job.

  • bill0 Jul 22, 2011

    Just looked up my projected base elementary school where my daughter may go. On the EOG's, they had 82% passing for reading and 86% passing for math. The failed to may AYP this year. Last year, they had 93% of white students pass both, 40% of black students, 48% Economically disadvantaged, 29% ESL, and 16% for students with disabilities. Every asian passed both tests.

    Based on those numbers, I feel confident saying that it isn't the teachers fault if some of the kids aren't succeeding.

  • Plenty Coups Jul 22, 2011

    BIlzac-"Do a google search for a film titled, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman."

    Excellent post. The movie is little more than propaganda.

  • BIlzac Jul 22, 2011

    To those of you who LOVED the movie Waiting For Superman, I have a suggestion.

    Of course feel free to ignore this suggestion if you have no interest whatsoever in hearing BOTH sides of the education story...

    Do a google search for a film titled, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting For Superman.

    You can request a copy of the film at no charge. I suggest watching it and hearing all the things that Kronenberg and pals chose NOT to share in the making of his film.

  • BIlzac Jul 22, 2011

    When I was in the Army, they would pay for soldiers to take college classes.

    If you got an A or B in the class, they paid the tuition fee in full.

    If you got a C, they paid 50%.

    If you got a D, they paid 25%.

    If you failed, they paid nothing.

    Maybe it's about time we instituted some type of system that will FORCE deadbeat parents to become involved in their kids lives. Usually the only thing that makes deadbeats move is the threat of having to pay or having to go to jail.

    When I was living in the state of Indiana, any student that got suspended from high school had to appear before a judge. The parents had to attend as well. The student's family had to pay the costs of suspension, which were around $125 or so. Then the student had to appear each day at the police station to serve out their suspension in a room there (NOT a jail cell). There was an adult who supervised them and made sure they worked throughout the day.

    No one wants consequences these days.

  • fauce003 Jul 22, 2011

    Where are the scores for Granville County Schools?

  • Plenty Coups Jul 22, 2011

    "GUESS BEV WILL HAVE TO GIVE THE TEACHERS ANOTHER RAISE TO MAKE UP FOR IT."

    I think teachers are still waiting for any type of raise at all.

  • BabaStink Jul 22, 2011

    "GUESS BEV WILL HAVE TO GIVE THE TEACHERS ANOTHER RAISE TO MAKE UP FOR IT." edwardpoppa

    You have to get a raise before you get "another" raise. What are you talking about?

  • wa4dou Jul 22, 2011

    Public education has been in decline for several decades despite ever rising budgets.

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