Preliminary results show district has attained AYP again
Sometimes no news can be good news for school districts.
When a school doesn’t make Adequate Yearly Progress, it makes headlines. However, making AYP every year is something Baldwin schools have done since No Child Left Behind was created.
This year was no exception for the Baldwin School District. The district was once again six for six on making AYP.
“All of our schools made AYP and most all of them were in very good shape for making AYP,” Supt. Paul Dorathy said. “Reading and math are the main focuses, but they also look at other things, such as attendance, graduation rate and we need 95 percent participation rate on the tests. We are usually at 100 percent participation rate, so that’s not an issue.”
Dorathy added that making AYP is just the minimal expectation for the school district.
“It’s always good news to know we are considerably above the bar for making AYP each year,” he said. “Although for us in this district, that’s an expectation. To us, that’s a minimal expectation. It takes a lot of work by staff and students to make it happen, but we have higher expectations than just making AYP each year.”
When a school or district doesn’t make AYP, then it must improve the following year. If that doesn’t happen, then they can be sanctioned by the state.
“If you don’t make AYP, that puts you on notice that we need to do something or change something that we are doing,” Dorathy said. “They give you another year and if you don’t end up making AYP again, then you’re placed on ‘improvement.’ Then you have specific requirements and they give you another year. After a third year of not making it, then they may bring sanctions to your school.”
Although AYP is partially based on state assessment results, those have not been released yet. The preliminary results came back last month so districts may look them over for any possibly corrections. However, Dorathy doesn’t expect the final results until October.
“We’ve seen some preliminary results and those looked good,” he said. “At this point, they aren’t official. The results looked good and we even had some buildings improve over what they’ve done in the past, which is very good. I expect good results when the official ones come out.”
AYP is a requirement of the federal law, No Child Left Behind. The goal of it is to track whether public schools and districts will be 100 percent proficient on their state assessment exams by 2013-2014.
A school or district must achieve five goals to make AYP. Every student group must meet or exceed the annual targets on both the reading and math state assessments. The participation rate on the assessments must be 95 percent or higher. Attendance rates at elementary and middle schools must be 90 percent or increase from the previous year. The last requirement is that the high school graduation rate must be 75 percent or increase from the previous year.