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All Long County schools make AYP

POSTED: August 28, 2008 5:00 a.m.
LUDOWICI -- All Long County schools made the Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the 2007-08 year.
According to Federal Programs Director Kathy Simmons, the AYP standards are federal requirements for all schools under the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act.
“We are very proud of each of the school’s accomplishments, and believe that our school system is second to none,” Simmons said.
According to new Assistant Superintendent Dr. Glen Purcell, Long County was one of only 34 school systems out of the 184 across the state that had all schools in their system make the AYP standards.
“It is an extremely difficult endeavor for a school system to have all of their schools meet the AYP standards. It is quite an achievement for our school system to have done this,” Purcell said. “It is a great reflection on the students, teachers, parents, administrators and all of the staff for the system to accomplish this.”
Long County High School met standards for the second year in a row, officially removing the school from the “Needs Improvement” list. The high school continued to show improvement in its graduation rate, rising to 73.2 percent this year from 67.1 percent last year — a 6 percent increase from the 2006-07 school year.
Walker Middle School and Smiley Elementary School once again met the standards, for the fourth and sixth consecutive years, respectively. Both schools also maintained their “Distinguished School” status for 2008.
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