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Five of seventeen Chatham County Schools achieved AYP in the 2010-2011 school year

Posted Friday, July 22, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County Schools released 2011 preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results on Thursday, July 21, as required by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind.

Five of seventeen schools in Chatham County Schools or 29.4% achieved AYP in the 2010-2011 school year. Schools meeting AYP requirements include: Bennett Elementary, Bonlee Elementary, Chatham Central High School, Northwood High School, and Virginia Cross Elementary.

Five of sixteen schools in Chatham County Schools achieved AYP in the 2009-2010 school year.

Superintendent Logan stated that, “even though our total number of schools achieving AYP remained the same, it should be noted that two of the three high schools achieved AYP status.”

AYP is a federal requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. AYP differs from the state ABCs testing model. ABCs standardized test results, however, are used in calculating AYP results. In order to achieve AYP, a school must meet all of its target goals. The number of goals a school has depends on its varied student population. In addition to academic components, attendance rates and percent of students tested are also taken into account for grades 3-8. At the high school level, graduation rates and percentage of students tested are taken into account along with academics. Each student group must have at least forty students across the tested grades to be included in AYP calculations at the school level and must have attended a school 140 days before the first day of spring testing.

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) divides students into ten groups that must achieve proficiency targets in reading/language arts and mathematics. In order for a school to make AYP, every group a) must make the targets in both reading and mathematics and b) have at least a 95% participation rate in the assessments for each area. The ten student groups are: 1) school as a whole (all students), 2) White, 3) Black, 4) Hispanic, 5) Native American, 6) Asian, 7) Multiracial, 8) economically disadvantaged students, 9) limited English proficient students, and 10) students with disabilities.

This year, North Carolina’s target goals increased to move the state closer to the required 100 percent proficiency target for 2013-14. As a result, for a North Carolina public school to make AYP in 2010-2011, 71.6 percent of students in each subgroup in grades 3-8 must be proficient in reading and 88.6 percent must be proficient in mathematics. For tenth graders, 69.3 percent of each subgroup must be proficient in reading and 84.2 percent must be proficient in mathematics.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has provided a preliminary AYP website at www.ncpublicschools.org to allow for quick access to each school district’s AYP results. Statewide information is posted at www.ncpublicschools.org under “News.”

Chatham's AYP Preliminary Report:
http://www.chatham.k12.nc.us/ayp/

 
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