Results on adequate yearly progressPublished 10:45am Friday, August 10, 2012
BY ANNA DURRETT / REPORTER
Four Madison County schools failed to make adequate yearly progress for the 2011-2012 school year.
However, Madsion County Superintendent David Copeland said overall the district did well, meeting 451 of 459 accountability goals, or 98 percent of the goals.
Adequate yearly progress reports stem from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. In order to pass AYP, schools must improve their scores every year.
“Our students have made tremendous progress in all areas, especially in the area of special education,” Copeland said. “However, we still have work to do.
Hazel Green Elementary, Riverton Intermediate and Buckhorn Middle failed for not meeting the special education subgroup. Sparkman High School and Sparkman Ninth Grade School did not make AYP in the area of reading in two subgroups.
Geraldine Tibbs, director of communications and public relations, said the state counts Sparkman High and Sparkman Ninth Grade as one school. The schools are in two separate buildings and have two separate principles. Tibbs said only juniors and seniors take the tests for AYP.
“The schools have worked hard to protect the instructional time and put academics at the forefront of what we do,” Copeland said.
Madison County Schools met about 95 percent of its system’s goals. “As a system 92 goals out of 97 established by the state department were met,” Copeland said.
AYP is being phased out and other measures will be used next year to evaluate schools, according to Copeland.
He released the system’s AYP results on Tuesday for the county’s schools, before AYP results on all state schools were made public on Thursday by the Alabama State Department of Education.