Charles Henderson gets AYP on appeal

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TROY, AL (WSFA) - Just over a month ago, the state released the list of schools that made the grades, as defined in the no child left behind act.

Charles Henderson High School was on the list of schools that didn't make adequate yearly progress, but school officials felt differently and started doing some fact checking.

For three straight years Charles Henderson High School met 100% of their goals for adequate yearly progress.

So when this year's report came out and the school fell a little short school officials were disappointed.

"94 percent is mighty good, but it wasn't good enough," says CHHS Principal David Helms.

The school still felt strong about their performance so they began checking their report card.

That's when they found some errors, appealed, and informed they did make the grade.

"And we did now make 17 out of 17 goals which gives us the 4th straight year in a row with our goals," adds Helms.

"Our curriculum is data driven and this shows we are doing what we are suppose to do," says Dr. Linda Felton-Smith, superintendent for Troy City Schools.

School officials say excitement of making AYP for a fourth straight year is still running high, but now attention turns to making that goal for a 5th straight year.

"We're obviously turning out attention to next year's accountability goals and we're working hard to make sure we make it next year as well," explains Helms.

A goal Principal David Helms says is a team effort and one the school is now focusing on making a reality.

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