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AUG 02 - Workforce Development: Some Progress, But Chatham Has a Long Way to Go

SBJ Special Report

Georgia Department of Education released the initial Adequate Yearly Progress determinations for school year 2009-10 on Monday afternoon.

Only 31 of 49 schools in Chatham County made AYP on the initial release of results, which equates to 63 percent of the schools. “With increasingly tougher federal testing goals, the impact was felt statewide,” according to a prepared statement by the SCCPSS Communications Dept. for the Supt. Thomas Lockamy.

“As you may already know, the academic goals used for NCLB/AYP determination continue to rise toward 100 percent proficiency for ALL students by 2014.  This year, the academic goal for grades 3-8 was increased in mathematics as well as the high school graduation rate.  As a result, 29 percent of schools statewide were unable to meet this year’s much tougher requirements on the initial determination,” according to the school system.

“This information is an initial release and does not factor in summer retesting and summer graduation.  The final report will be released in October and will include those statistics. SCCPSS is expecting to see a favorable improvement in the final report.  The initial release shows, 24 out of 31 elementary schools made AYP, 5 out of 10 middle schools made AYP, and 2 out of 8 high schools made AYP,” the statement continues.

“While the superintendent is disappointed in the number of schools not meeting AYP, he remains encouraged by the gains being made by the district. For example, solid growth can be seen in our graduation rate.”

The graduation rate climbed from 72.2 percent to 76.4 percent, a one year jump of 4.2 percentage points ( a 14.4 percentage point gain since 2007) for the Chatham County public schools, with gains in grades 3 through 8 in all subject areas. And, the average pass rate in math has increased by 5 points over the past three years.

Other 2010 highlights include:
• SCCPSS outperformed its comparison group of demographically similar districts. Comparison group includes Atlanta City Schools, Clarke, Clayton, DeKalb, Dougherty, Liberty, Muscogee, Richmond, Spalding and Troupe counties.  Comparison group percentage includes the 45 Atlanta public schools whose AYP results have been released; 58 additional Atlanta schools’ results are pending.
• Over the past three years, the district has achieved gains on the elementary and middle school AYP measures (CRCT Reading/ELA and Math) within each subgroup meeting minimum size criteria and for all students as a whole.
• More than half of SCCPSS schools (55 percent) achieved “Distinguished” status, which is earned by meeting/exceeding the AYP criteria for three or more consecutive years.
The entire district remains focused on increasing the academic rigor and improving the outcomes for ALL of our students.  SCCPSS continues the work on implementing the comprehensive district transformation plan – Passport to Excellence – and looks forward to demonstrating continuous improvement and even greater gains in the years to come.

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