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Long Co. schools meet AYP standards

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POSTED: August 7, 2007 5:02 a.m.
The 2007 Adequate Yearly Progress test results released this month showed all Long County schools exceeded the academic standards set by the state for the 2006-07 school year.
“You have to give credit, where credit is due,” Superintendent Dr. Edwin Pope said. “And all the credit goes to our teachers and staff. It has been at the top of our priority, since I came here, and as a result of all of their hard work, all the schools made AYP this year.”
The AYP standards are a series of annual performance goals set by the state for districts and schools. The state also has standards established for itself as a whole. The program is federally funded and provides more than $11 billion for schools to states that participate.
The states, in exchange, agree to commit themselves to the No Child Left Behind Act, with the goal of all students being proficient in reading, language arts and math by 2014.
One school, which has continually done well on the AYP, has been Smiley Elementary. During the past five years, it has met or exceeded the standards set for the school every year, and has earned recognition as a Title One Distinguished School for the fifth year in a row.
The standards set for Smiley this past year were to have less than 15 percent of students miss 15 or more days of school, have 58.3 percent of students meet the CRCT standard on the math part of the test, and at least 66.7 percent of the students meet the standard on the reading/English language arts test.
The school had only 3.2 percent of students miss 15 or more days of school, 89.6 percent of the students meet the reading/language standard, and 93.5 percent meet math.
“All I can say is people make the difference,” Smiley Principal Sandy Jones said. “We have great parental support, a great staff; and that is why we are a school on the go.”
This year, Long County also had another school, Walker Middle, earned the Title One Distinguished School. It has met or exceeded the AYP standards for a third year in a row.
Walker’s minimum standard for attendance was also less than 15 percent of students miss 15 or more days. The math standard was to have at least 58.3 percent of the students attain an adequate score, while in reading/language arts 66.7 percent were required to meet the standard.
The school had 10 percent of students miss 15 or more days, and 80.8 percent of students met the English standard, with 76.6 percent meeting the math standard.
“I am very proud of the teachers and the staff for their hard work, and it paid off by us making AYP for the third year in a row,” Walker Principle Vicky Wells said.
Long County High School just missed meeting the AYP standards for the 2006-07 school year, but did graduate its largest class, and surpassed the AYP standards, all in the same year.
“It is very hard for high schools to make AYP, because there is so much that the school cannot control,” Principal Dr. Delores Mallard said. “For this reason, I am very proud of all the teachers, staff, and students, for their efforts in us making the AYP this year.”
To meet standards, LCHS had to have a graduation rate of at least 65 percent, have at least 68.6 percent of students pass the math part of the tstate graduation test, and have at least 84.7 percent of students pass the English portion of the same test.
The school had 98.1 percent of the students passed the English test, 77.9 percent passed the math portion and 67 percent of the class graduated.
During the July BOE meeting, Chairman Dempsey Golden said, “On behalf of all of the members on the board, I would like to say how proud we are of all the schools, and how well they did on the AYP.”
 

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