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More Than 79% of Schools Make AYP

  PLEASE NOTE:  THE FINAL 2009 AYP REPORT HAS BEEN RELEASED.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FINAL RESULTS .    MEDIA CONTACT:  - Dana Tofig, , (404) 463-1487 - Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook       July 14, 2009  – More than 79 percent of Georgia's public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, according to initial results released today -- a 10 point jump over 2008.     Additionally, 58 schools across the state shook the "Needs Improvement" label by having made AYP for two consecutive years.     "The initial AYP results demonstrate that our students are continuing to make excellent progress even as we raise expectations," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "Clearly, our teachers and students are working harder than ever and we're seeing the results."     Superintendent Cox released the initial 2009 AYP Report this morning while speaking at the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) conference in Jekyll Island. The final AYP report will be released in the fall and will include summer retest scores and summer graduates.     Compared to initial AYP results last year, the 2009 report shows that:     - The percentage of schools making AYP jumped more than 10 points from 68.8% to 79.1%.     - The percentage of elementary schools making AYP jumped 13.4 points and the percentage of middle schools jumped 10.4 points.     - The percentage of Title 1 schools making AYP increased by more than 13 points, from 64.8% to 78.4% (Title 1 schools have a significant population of economically-disadvantaged students).     Superintendent Cox said the improvements that elementary and middle school students showed in mathematics are a big part of the AYP results. Pass rates on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in mathematics improved in all grades across the state. ( Click here for more information )    "Mathematics achievement was a key to our improvement in AYP results this year," said Superintendent Cox. "We are asking our students to learn more rigorous mathematics and they are showing us that they can do it!"     The percentage of high schools making AYP continues to lag behind. In 2009, just over 47 percent of the state's high schools made AYP, a slight decrease from 2008's initial results.     "We know there is a lot of hard work going on in our high schools," Superintendent Cox said. "We need to continue to study the data and work together to make sure our high schools are not only meeting AYP goals but are preparing students for the 21st century."     AYP is the formula used to determine if schools are meeting expectations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. It consists of three parts -- test participation, academic achievement and another statistic, called a "second indicator." The academic goals continue to rise every few years toward a goal of 100 percent proficiency for all students by 2014. This year, all of the academic goals remained the same as 2008, although the graduation rate bar went up.     All students at a school, as well as any qualifying subgroup of students, must meet goals in all three categories in order to "make AYP." Schools that do not make AYP for two consecutive years in the same subject are placed in "Needs Improvement" status and face escalating consequences. For more information on AYP, go to the  Frequently Asked Questions about AYP .      58 Schools No Longer in “Needs Improvement”      Initial results show that 58 schools came out of "Needs Improvement" -- or NI -- status by making AYP for the second consecutive year. Twelve of those schools had been in NI status for five or more years and were facing the highest level of sanctions.     "Getting out of NI status isn't easy," Superintendent Cox said. "These 58 schools should be very proud of their accomplishments, but need to remain focused in order to keep improving."     There are 334 schools in NI status for the coming school year. These schools must offer parents options, such as public school choice or federally-funded tutoring. Depending on how long these schools have been in NI, some may have to make structural or organizational changes to improve student achievement.  In 2008, there were 340 NI schools after the initial results. That number dropped to 308 after retests, summer graduates and appeals were worked into the formula.     "I believe we will see the number of NI schools drop again when we do our final AYP determinations in the fall," Superintendent Cox said.    Graduation Rate      The state's initial 2009 graduation rate is 77.8 percent. That is up from the initial 2008 graduation rate of 74.4 percent and the final 2008 graduation rate of 75.4 percent, which included summer graduates.     "Improving the graduation rate continues to be a top priority in the state of Georgia," Superintendent Cox said. "I am proud of the progress we are making, but there is certainly a lot of work left to be done."     Graduation Rate must be used as a "second indicator" for all high schools and the bar was raised this year.        In order to make AYP a high school had to have a graduation rate of 75 percent or higher, up from 70  percent last year. If a school did not make that goal, they could use a "second look" which means:     - Having a graduation rate that averaged 75 percent or higher over the past three years OR     - Having a graduation rate of at least 55 percent the previous year (2008) and showing a 10 percent improvement in the rate this year.   MORE INFORMATION  -  AYP Website  (spreadsheets with school-level and system-level information can be downloaded from this site) -  Guide to using the AYP report website  -  AYP "By the Numbers"   -  AYP Frequently Asked Questions    SCHOOL and DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS   SCHOOLS THAT CAME OUT OF "NEEDS IMPROVEMENT" STATUS  School Name, School District   Kennedy Middle School , Atlanta Public Schools  Long Middle School, Atlanta Public Schools  South Atlanta School of Health and Medical Science, Atlanta Public Schools  Grady High School, Atlanta Public Schools  Oak Hill Middle School, Baldwin County  Rutland Middle School, Bibb County  Bryan County Middle School, Bryan County  Langston Chapel Middle School, Bulloch County  Henderson Middle School, Butts County  Calhoun Middle School, Calhoun City  Temple Middle School, Carroll County  Spencer Elementary School, Chatham County  Forest Park Middle School, Clayton County  M. D. Roberts Middle School, Clayton County  Floyd Middle School, Cobb County  Commerce Middle School, Commerce City  Crawford County Middle School, Crawford County  Dalton Middle School, Dalton City  Cedar Grove Middle School, DeKalb County  Stephenson Middle School, DeKalb County  Montgomery Elementary School, DeKalb County  Merry Acres Middle School, Dougherty County  Dublin Middle School, Dublin City  Franklin County Middle School, Franklin County  Sandtown Middle School, Fulton County  Ridgeview Charter School, Fulton County  Oakland Meadow School, Gwinnett County  Sweetwater Middle School, Gwinnett County  Louise Radloff Middle School, Gwinnett County  South Habersham Middle School, Habersham County  East Hall Middle School, Hall County  North Hall Middle School, Hall County  White Sulphur Elementary School, Hall County  East Hall High School, Hall County  Hancock Central High School, Hancock County  Stockbridge Middle School, Henry County  Jeff Davis Middle School, Jeff Davis County  Lanier County Middle School, Lanier County  West Laurens Middle School, Laurens County  Midway Middle School, Liberty County  Madison County Middle School, Madison County  McIntosh County Academy, McIntosh County  Mitchell County Middle School, Mitchell County  Walker-Inman Elementary School, Mitchell County  Richards Middle School, Muscogee County  Fort Middle School, Muscogee County  Porterdale Elementary School, Newton County  East Paulding Middle School, Paulding County  Irma C. Austin Middle School, Paulding County  Pelham City Middle School, Pelham City  Hephzibah Middle School, Richmond County  Tutt Middle School, Richmond County  Carver Road Middle School, Spalding County  Taylor Street Middle School, Spalding County  Georgia Academy for the Blind, State Schools  MacIntyre Park Middle School, Thomasville City  Valdosta Middle School, Valdosta City  Wayne County High School, Wayne County   DISTRICTS WHERE ALL SCHOOLS MADE AYP  Banks County  Bleckley County  Buford City  Butts County  Calhoun City  Camden County  Chickamauga City  Clay County  Commerce City  Dalton City  Dawson County  Early County  Echols County  Fayette County  Floyd county  Forsyth County  Gilmer County  Harris County  Heard County  Houston County  Jeff Davis County  Jefferson City  Lee County  Long County  Lumpkin County  Marion County  McIntosh County  Monroe County  Montgomery County  Oconee County  Pickens County  Pierce County  Pike County  Rabun County  Rockdale County  Rome City  Schley County  Social Circle City  Stephens County  Taliaferro County  Telfair County  Towns County  Trion City  Union County  White County Wilkes County  SCHOOLS THAT HAVE MADE AYP FOR 11 CONSECUTIVE YEARS  School, School District   D. H. Stanton Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools  Fain Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools  Bacon County Primary School, Bacon County  Berrien Primary School, Berrien County  Bleckley County Primary School, Bleckley County  Waynesboro Primary School, Burke County  Bethune Elementary School, Charlton County  Blackshear Trail Elementary School, Crisp County  J. S. Pate Elementary School, Crisp County  Roan Elementary School, Dalton City  Hightower Elementary School, DeKalb County  Saxon Heights Elementary School, Dublin City  Susie Dasher Elementary School, Dublin City  Swainsboro Primary School, Emanuel County  North Fayette Elementary School, Fayette County  Robert J. Burch Elementary School, Fayette County  Randolph Elementary School, Fulton County  Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, Gainesville City  Jasper County Primary School, Jasper County  Maxwell Elementary School, McDuffie County  Thomson Elementary School, McDuffie County  Mitchell County Primary School, Mitchell County  Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School, Monroe County  T.G. Scott Elementary School, Monroe County  Oconee County Primary School, Oconee County  Cooper Primary School, Terrell County  Crawford Primary School, Washington County  Elder Primary School, Washington County  Jack P Nix Primary, White County  Washington-Wilkes Primary School, Wilkes County  Worth County Primary School, Worth County   SCHOOLS THAT HAVE MADE AYP FOR 10 CONSECUTIVE YEARS   School. School District   Appling County Primary School, Appling County  Banks County Primary School, Banks County  Ben Hill County Primary School, Ben Hill County  Lanier Primary School, Bryan County  Mill Creek Elementary School, Bulloch County  Cook Elementary School, Cook County  Cook Primary School, Cook County  Idlewood Elementary School, DeKalb County  Oakcliff Elementary School, DeKalb County  Lamar Reese School of the Arts, Dougherty County  Lindsey Elementary School, Houston County  Perry Primary School, Houston County  Louisville Academy, Jefferson County  Morgan County Primary School, Morgan County  Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy, Muscogee County  Pelham Elementary School, Pelham City  Sumter County Primary School, Sumter County  Collins Elementary School, Tattnall County  Unity Elementary School, Troup County  Bacon Elementary School, Wayne County