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Fulton schools remain above state average for AYP
Fulton schools remain above state average for AYP

FULTON CO., Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education released its annual Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report Thursday, giving a snapshot of how public schools met specific goals on standardized tests.

The report indicates that 70 of Fulton County's 102 public schools, or 68.6 percent, achieved AYP during the 2010-11 school year, compared to 63.2 percent statewide.

The 32 schools that did not meet state targets could still make their goals in the coming weeks as re-test results from the CRCT and the Georgia High School Graduation Test are calculated. Re-tests are given after remediation in May and during summer school.

"This report helps our schools see exactly where to focus their efforts," said Dr. Robert Avossa, Fulton County Schools superintendent. "We will examine the data and see how it might be used to improve our instructional approach. Overall, this is an opportunity for us to find ways to help all students be more successful."

About AYP

AYP is a key piece of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which was enacted to make sure that every child in America is proficient in math and reading by 2014.

In elementary and middle schools, AYP is measured by students' CRCT scores, test participation rate and school attendance. High schools use graduation test scores and the rates of test participation and graduation to measure AYP.

The data is broken down by ethnicity, socio-economic status, language proficiency and achievement level, such as special education and general education. Data must meet goals in all areas; if it fails to do so, the school does not make AYP.

Schools that go two or more years without reaching their goals are labeled as "Needs Improvement" schools and face sanctions that include the option of allowing parents to transfer their children to other schools in the district, as long as those schools have made AYP.

In order to come out of "Needs Improvement" status, as school must make AYP goals for two consecutive years.

Fulton County

Three Fulton schools met their AYP goals in 2010-11 after missing them the previous year:

* Liberty Point Elementary, Union City
* Oakley Elementary, Union City
* North Springs Charter High, Sandy Springs

Of the 32 schools that did not make AYP, 15 are required to offer supplemental services or public school choice:

* College Park Elementary
School is now closed

* Heritage Elementary, College Park
Supplemental services

* Manning Oaks Elementary, Alpharetta

* Mimosa Elementary, Roswell

* Bear Creek Middle, Fairburn
Supplemental services

* McNair Middle, College Park
Supplemental services
Public school choice

* Renaissance Middle, Fairburn
Supplemental services
Public school choice

* Ridgeview Charter, Sandy Springs
Supplemental services

* Paul D. West Middle, East Point
Supplemental services

* Banneker High, College Park
Supplemental services
Public school choice

* Centennial High, Roswell
Public school choice

* Creekside High, Fairburn
Public school choice

* Langston Hughes High, Fairburn
Public school choice

* Roswell High

* Tri-Cities High, East Point
Public school choice

* Westlake High, Atlanta (Cascade)
Public school choice

* Independence High, Alpharetta (alternative school)

* McClarin High, College Park (alternative school)

All of those schools failed to make AYP in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. These schools made AYP in 2009-10, but did not make it in 2010-11:

* Campbell Elementary, Fairburn
* Feldwood Elementary, College Park
* Hillside Elementary, Roswell
* Lake Forest Elementary, Sandy Springs
* S.L. Lewis Elementary, College Park
* Northwood Elementary, Roswell
* Parklane Elementary, East Point
* Camp Creek Middle, College Park
* Haynes Bridge Middle, Alpharetta
* Holcomb Bridge Middle, Alpharetta
* Sandy Springs Charter Middle
* Taylor Road Middle, Johns Creek
* Alpharetta High
* Fulton Science Academy High, Alpharetta


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