Dallas County deals with AYP results

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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Parents and educators in Dallas County are worried about the newest round of AYP assessments.

Here's why.  Out of 13 Dallas County schools, 7 failed to reach 100% AYP.

Brantley Elementary satisfied only 70.59% of the federal requirements.

"That's a lot.  I guess we as parents and teachers have to work harder to bring the kids up to standard," said Carolyn Mitchell of Selma.

10 out of 11 city schools made AYP, but the one that failed to make the grade--Selma High School--scored 69.23%, one of the lowest rankings statewide.

"You have to assess, diagnose, and observe before you can actually prescribe," explained Dr. Austin Obasohan, Selma City Superintendent.

Obasohan says one of the biggest problems--aside from special education--is the graduation rate.  The latest figures show a one point drop to 79%

"It has to be a k-12 alignment.  It's not just Selma High School, so we have to start very early and bring all our resources together," he said.

That means getting residents involved.

"When [students] leave school, they go back to the community, so we all need to be on the same page," Obasohan explained.

Residents agree with the assessment.

"We've got to have better schools.  If we want our communities to improve, the schools got to improve," said Eugene LaShure of Selma.

WSFA 12 News tried repeatedly to contact the Dallas County Board of Education for comment. We wee told they closed early Monday for teacher inservice.

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