Written by: Sally Pitts - bio | email
Posted by: John Shryock - bio | email
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama schools found out Monday whether or not they made the grade. The Department of Education released it's annual accountability report letting schools know if they made AYP or "adequate yearly progress". That's the standard established by the federal government's No Child Left Behind program.
"You couldn't expect it to be much better," proclaimed Deputy State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice to a crowd of applause. The education department celebrated the results showing more than 86% of Alabama's schools made the grade.
"You asked 'How did this happen?'" Bice said to the crowd. "The hard work that happened in those local school systems, the teachers and administrators in those schools made a commitment to focus on what needed to happen and they made that happen."
In all, 186 schools still fell short, but educators are quick to point out that doesn't mean those schools aren't making progress. A school must meet 100 percent of its goals to achieve AYP. For 119 of the 186 that did not meet AYP, just one goal wasn't met.
"You really do begin to understand just how difficult it is to get these type of results," explained Governor Bob Riley, who was on hand for the announcement.
One particular area in the report state educators are really pleased with: the graduation rate. It moved from 83 percent to over 85 percent. The state also saw an 11 percent drop in the number of schools identified for school improvement. A school is put in that category when it does not make AYP for two consecutive years.
Riley was pleased with the progress, but concerned with the method of judging schools. "Just because one school didn't make a hundred percent, they made 99, doesn't mean it's any kind of indication that they are falling down," Riley said.
The governor thinks Alabama schools are doing good work and taking education in the state to a new level. He credits programs like the Alabama Reading and the Math, Science and Technology initiatives. Just five years ago only 23 percent of schools made AYP.
"I think it's becoming more and more evident to everyone in the United States that Alabama really is beginning to lead the nation in education," Riley said.
Now the bar goes higher. Schools will have to achieve more and do it with fewer dollars, but state educators are confident Alabama schools will pass the test.
SCHOOLS NOT MAKING AYP INCLUDE:
AUTAUGA: BILLINGSLEY HIGH SCHOOL - 94.74
BIBB COUNTY: WEST BLOCTON HIGH SCHOOL - 92.31
BULLOCK COUNTY: UNION SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 76.92
BULLOCK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL - 92.31
BUTLER COUNTY: GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - 88.24
CHAMBERS COUNTY: LAFAYETTE EASTSIDE ELEMENTARY - 76.92
FIVE POINTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 94.12
VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - 94.12
CHILTON COUNTY: CHILTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL - 84.62
THORSBY HIGH SCHOOL - 90.48
VERBENA HIGH SCHOOL - 94.12
COOSA COUNTY : CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - 76.92
CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL - 95.24
COVINGTON COUNTY: FLEETA SCHOOL - 92.31
CRENSHAW COUNTY: HIGHLAND HOME - 95.24
DALLAS COUNTY: BRANTLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 70.59
DALLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL - 94.12
SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL - 92.31
TIPTON MIDDLE SCHOOL - 92.31
VALLEY GRANDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 90.48
SOUTHSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL - 94.12
BRUCE K CRAIG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 94.12
ELMORE COUNTY: STANHOPE ELMORE HIGH - 88.24
ELMORE COUNTY HIGH - 90.91
WETUMPKA JUNIOR HIGH - 95.24
GENEVA COUNTY: GENEVA COUNTY HIGH - 80
SAMSON HIGH - 88.89
SLOCOMB HIGH - 88.89
HENRY COUNTY: ABBEVILLE HIGH - 92.31
LEE COUNTY: LOACHAPOKA HIGH - 92.31
SANFORD MIDDLE - 95.24
SMITHS STATION HIGH - 94.12
LOWNDES COUNTY: CALHOUN HIGH - 53.85
CENTRAL HIGH - 92.31
MACON COUNTY: BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HIGH - 76.92
TUSKEGEE PUBLIC ELEMENTARY - 88.24
MARENGO COUNTY: AMELIA L. JOHNSON HIGH - 92.31
JOHN ESSEX HIGH -92.31
SWEET WATER HIGH - 94.12
RUSSELL COUNTY: RUSSELL COUNTY HIGH - 82.35
LADONIA ELEMENTARY - 90.48
ALEXANDER CITY: BENJAMIN RUSSELL HIGH - 94.12
WILLIAM L RADNEY ELEMENTARY - 95.24
ANDALUSIA CITY: ANDALUSIA HIGH - 90.91
DEMOPOLIS CITY: DEMOPOLIS HIGH - 88.24
ENTERPRISE CITY: ENTERPRISE HIGH - 85.71
EUFAULA CITY: EUFAULA HIGH - 94.12
MOORER MIDDLE - 95.24
OPELIKA CITY: OPELIKA HIGH - 94.12
OPP CITY: OPP HIGH SCHOOL - 88.89
OPP MIDDLE SCHOOL - 95.24
OZARK CITY: CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL - 88.24
PHENIX CITY: PHENIX CITY ELEMENTARY - 95.24
TROY CITY: CHARLES HENDERSON HIGH - 94.12
TROY ELEMENTARY - 95.24
SELMA CITY: SELMA HIGH - 69.23