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Only a third of Chatham County schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year

Posted Saturday, July 31, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - On Wednesday, July 21, the state released preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results for the 2009-2010 school year. Results will be official after the August State Board of Education meeting.

Bennett School, Bonlee School, Moncure School, Silk Hope School, and Virginia Cross Elementary School met requirements for AYP. In doing so, each school had to achieve 100 percent of its target goals. Schools have different numbers of target goals depending on the diversity of their student populations.

Several other schools only missed making AYP by one or two targets. Chatham Central, J.S. Waters, Jordan-Matthews, Northwood, and Pittsboro Elementary only missed making AYP by one target. Horton Middle School and Perry Harrison School only missed making AYP by two targets.

Eleven of sixteen schools in Chatham County Schools or 68% achieved AYP in the previous school year versus the 31% that achieved AYP this year.

“Overall our schools met 48 of 60 target goals or 80% of target goals. In contrast, our total number of students who achieved academic growth and overall district academic proficiency increased this year so it is frustrating for us to have the number of schools achieving AYP decrease. The AYP dropped because of the “all or nothing” way schools are judged.
Everything we have been led to believe is that, because of the flawed nature of the model, Congress plans to eliminate AYP as a measurement of No Child Left Behind next year,” explained Superintendent Robert Logan.

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 40 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, the following change has been implemented that will affect the reporting results for the preliminary AYP release: Beginning with the 2009-2010 accountability cycle, the retest policy for end-of-course tests for high school students has been implemented. The higher of the two scores from the 2009-2010 school year will be used in the calculation of the AYP results related to Algebra I, English I and Biology. As a result, 2009-2010 AYP determinations for high school students will not be directly comparable with previous years' results.

There is additional AYP information posted on the Chatham County Schools website ( and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction website (

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