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Four schools fail AYP
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For the second year, Liberty County schools did not make Adequate Yearly Progress, as stipulated in the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
State Superintendent Kathy Cox released the AYP reports Friday afternoon.
Of the 13 county schools, both high schools, Snelson-Golden Middle and Button Gwinnett Elementary did not make AYP.
Schools that miss AYP for two consecutive years are placed in Needs Improvement status.
Those schools must develop a plan to improve performance. They are also required to notify parents and offer free supplemental education services, such as tutoring or public school choice.
Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School are in Needs Improvement status.
Participation and performance in state assessments, such as the high school graduation test and the CRCT, largely determine a school's AYP status.
Districts must also meet standards on attendance for elementary and middle schools and graduation rate for the high schools.
The academic performance indicator is averaged from student subgroups that include six different races, students with disabilities, those classified economically disadvantaged and students who have English as their second language.
LCHS did not make AYP because of its students' academic performance where data shows the black and economically disadvantaged students not meeting the standards.
Bradwell did not meet the required 95 percent test participation while also missing the mark in satisfactory academic performance. Its black and economically disadvantaged students did not meet the standard in the math portion of the GHSGT.
However, the state department of education announced earlier this month that Georgia has been selected as one of the six states to participate in the national Differentiated Accountability pilot program.
The program is to help make the federal standard more feasible to achieve for schools that may have missed AYP by only slightly.
"It gives us the opportunity to stop treating all schools the same under NCLB - a change that is much needed in the law," Cox said in a press release.
The AYP report also showed progress in the graduation rate throughout the state.
"The graduation rate not only went up overall, but increased among every subgroup," Cox said. "There is still work to be done, but thanks to all the effort and teamwork, we are continuing to move the needle."

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