THE FOLLOWING IS A NEWS RELEASE FROM MONTGOMERY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Montgomery, Ala. - Fifty-two of Montgomery's 57 public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress, according to information provided Monday by the Alabama Department of Education. The designation is based on schools meeting 100% of their goals for the year in a variety of areas ranging from testing standards to student attendance. The number of goals for MPS schools this year ranged from five to 25, depending on the number of demographic subgroups in each school. The number of goals assigned to each school can change from year to year.
"We met 98% of our goals and the district made AYP - that is very exciting," said Montgomery Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson. "I am especially encouraged by the efforts that were made in our traditional high schools with Carver, Jeff Davis, and Lanier all meeting 100 percent of their goals this year."
While Robert E. Lee did not make AYP, the school continued to improve by reaching 16 of 21 goals. Chisholm Elementary, Brewbaker Intermediate, Goodwyn Junior High, Bellingrath Junior High, Houston Hill Junior High and Southlawn Middle Schools reached all their AYP goals for the second year and are no longer in school improvement.
"We have much to celebrate," said MPS Board President Beverly Ross. "In 2004, only 11 schools - just 19% - made AYP. This year, 52 schools - 91% - hit their mark. We've moved from making just 48% of our goals to 98%. I am very proud of our teachers, administrators and support staff."
The five schools that did not make AYP are: The Children's Center, Fews Alternative School, Hayneville Road Elementary, Robert E. Lee High School, and McIntyre Junior High School.
"It would be a mistake to categorize those schools that didn't make AYP as failures," added Superintendent Thompson. "Each school can have up to 25 goals, and if you only miss one, you don't make AYP. We will carefully analyze the data and develop strategies for every school to move forward. We won't be satisfied until every MPS school makes AYP."