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Chatham releases Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results

Posted Monday, August 14, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 evaluates academic progress of students across the nation through Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Chatham County Schools continues to emphasize improving student achievement through innovative teaching strategies and initiatives that support the specific academic needs of students.

Only eight of fourteen schools in Chatham County Schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2005-2006 school year. The fifteenth school, SAGE Academy, an alternative school, has less than the required number of students to be included in the results. The results are considered preliminary until they are approved by the State Board of Education.

Bennett School, Bonlee School, Chatham Central High School, J.S. Waters School, Moncure School, North Chatham School, Perry Harrison School, and Silk Hope School made AYP for the 2005-2006 school year. Chatham Middle School, Horton Middle School, Jordan-Matthews High School, Northwood High School, Pittsboro Elementary School, and Siler City Elementary School did not make AYP this year.

The No Child Left Behind law has three key requirements: closing the achievement gap for low-income students, minority students, and students with disabilities; holding schools accountable for all students performing at a high level; and having a highly qualified teacher in every classroom.

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) judges whether or not schools, subgroups within each school, and the system as a whole have reached a certain level on standardized tests. Reading and math are the subject areas on which AYP focuses attention. However, because of new mathematics assessments in grades three through eight, the current AYP results for elementary and middle schools are based only on reading. AYP status based on mathematics will not be available until October 5.

The standards for meeting AYP increase every three years through 2014. Attendance rates factor into elementary and middle schools meeting AYP. In high schools graduation rates are also considered in judging AYP.

In determining if a school has reached AYP, federal officials will look at ten subgroups of students. They are: 1) the school as a whole; 2) white; 3) black; 4) Native American; 5) Asian/Pacific Islander; 6) Hispanic; 7) multiracial; 8) limited English proficient; 9) students with disabilities; and 10) economically disadvantaged students. A single student may be in multiple subgroups. North Carolina has determined that forty students in a single subgroup constitutes a target group.

“Our goal is to have every school make AYP. We, like school districts across the nation, are working to meet the challenges we face head on. Our schools look closely at the data each year and adapt their academic programs to student needs. We had high student participation in Saturday Academy this spring. This summer we have the SAIL program in Siler City to give students additional academic support. We also appreciate state support that helps us meet the needs of our students,” said Dr. Ann Hart, Superintendent of Chatham County Schools.

From January through May, certified teachers at the Saturday Academy helped students in grades three through eight prepare for the end-of-grade tests given in May. Approximately 300 students participated at the two Saturday Academy sites in 2006.

The SAIL program reaches out to academically at-risk students in kindergarten through fourth grades. SAIL is an acronym for “Summer Adventures in Learning.” The program is new to Chatham County Schools and is being held at Siler City Elementary School. Over 100 students are attending SAIL.

Chatham Middle School is offering a new program to all rising fifth graders during the last two weeks of July. Fifty-three students are enrolled in the Jump Start program. The fifth graders are focusing on reading and math skills with certified teachers, many of whom will be their teachers in the fall. By participating, the students are also able to become more acclimated to their new school.

Siler City Elementary School hired a literacy coach in 2005. This certified teacher offers ongoing campus staff development for teachers that is specific to the needs of the Siler City Elementary student population. In the fall of 2006, another teacher will divide her time between teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and providing ESL strategies to regular classroom teachers. Other Curriculum Resource Teachers work with schools across the county to strengthen “best practices” and offer instructional support to teachers.

An additional strategy to accelerate the academic performance of students has been an ongoing program called Intercede to Succeed (ITS). The ITS program is offered in elementary schools across Chatham County. ITS teachers work with kindergarten through second grade students in literacy. Parental involvement is another focus of ITS. One of the many elements of the No Child Left Behind legislation is increased parental involvement.

The Bilingual Parent Resource Center reaches out to parents and students across Chatham County Schools. Staff offers workshops and resources on a variety of topics that address ways to help parents better support their students in school. Bilingual certified teachers staff a homework hotline Tuesday through Thursday during the school year.

The federal standards of AYP are different from those of the state ABCs program. The ABCs results will be released in the fall.

PRELIMINARY 2006 LEA AYP Summary
(Updated 7/31/06)

LEA: 190 Chatham County Schools
8 school(s) (or 57.1%) out of 14 made Adequate Yearly Progress

School: 304 Bennett Elementary
School made Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 5 (or 100.0%) out of 5 target goals

School: 308 Bonlee Elementary
School made Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 7 (or 100.0%) out of 7 target goals

School: 310 SAGE Academy
Alternative school data insufficient to qualify for target goals (40 students required for a subgroup)

School: 312 Chatham Middle
School did not make Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 13 (or 86.7%) out of 15 target goals

School: 316 Chatham Central High
School made Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 9 (or 100.0%) out of 9 target goals

School: 328 Horton Middle
School did not make Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 9 (or 81.8%) out of 11 target goals

School: 332 J S Waters Elementary
School made Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 9 (or 100.0%) out of 9 target goals

School: 336 Jordan Matthews High
School did not make Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 20 (or 83.3%) out of 24 target goals

School: 340 Moncure Elementary
School made Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 7 (or 100.0%) out of 7 target goals

School: 341 North Chatham Elementary
School made Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 15 (or 100.0%) out of 15 target goals

School: 342 Northwood High
School did not make Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 15 (or 88.2%) out of 17 target goals

School: 346 Perry W Harrison Elementary
School made Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 11 (or 100.0%) out of 11 target goals

School: 348 Pittsboro Elementary
School did not make Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 8 (or 88.9%) out of 9 target goals

School: 350 Siler City Elementary
School did not make Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 5 (or 55.6%) out of 9 target goals

School: 352 Silk Hope Elementary
School made Adequate Yearly Progress
School met 8 (or 100.0%) out of 8 target goals

These results are presented for audit and verification purposes. Final results are subject to verification and approval by the State Board of Education.

Grades 3-8 school results are based on reading only. Math results are expected in October. High school results include reading and math.

Chatham Testing Department
NCDPI - AYP Progress Information
NCDPI - Reports and Statistics

 
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