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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Excerpt from the Daily Home Article about Area Schools Making AYP

Excerpt from the Daily Home Article about Area Schools Making AYP

Although all of the system’s elementary schools met their objectives, as did Zora Ellis Junior High School, the system as a whole did not make AYP, and neither did Talladega High School.

Superintendent Doug Campbell was out of the office Tuesday, and Assistant Superintendent Joni Baker said she was still “dissecting our results. The high school met the goal for their academic additional indicator, which is the graduation rate, but we still didn’t make it for reading and math. We made some significant improvements, but we’re still not where we need to be.”

Reading scores, for example, rose from 85.81 percent last year to 87.87 percent this year. However, over the same period, the No Child Left Behind Standards in reading increased from 89 percent to 92 percent.

The math numbers were similar, increasing from 78.63 to 80.60. The benchmark numbers moved from 82 percent to 86 percent.

“I’m proud to see the improvements,” Baker said. “But the math goal is going up four more points next year, and the reading is going up another three points.”

Of the city’s elementary schools, Baker said she is particularly proud of C.L. Salter, “where we’ve seen a lot of improvement over the past couple of years, and the scores at R.L. Young are just off the map. Northside Hal Henderson has a lot to be proud of, too. But I’m particularly proud of our results at Ellis, which was on the school improvement list but has met its goals for at least the last two years.”

For the elementary and junior high schools, the additional academic indicator is attendance, which was at 95 percent for the year.

“Overall I’m proud,” Baker said. “Especially at the K through 8 level, we did lots of strategic in-services, and as a result we saw a lot of improvement. Just not quite enough.”

The system overall failed to make AYP due to problems in the special education bloc, Baker said. “We made AYP as a system last year, but not this year because of the special ed. Bloc. That’s something we’re really going to have to focus on next year.”

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