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Rural counties get mixed AYP results

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GREENVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Mixed news for two rural Alabama counties.

Lowndes County saw an improvement in its Adequate Yearly Progress report, but the Butler County school system did not make AYP.

"Living down here in Lowndes County, you know the education level needs to be more advanced to encourage them to go farther in their education," says Lowndes County resident, John Caldwell.

And that's exactly what Lowndes County Superintendent Dr. Daniel Boyd is trying to do.

The entire system and six of its seven schools made AYP--a vast improvement from just one year ago when only three of the seven achieved their goals.

The only one falling short this time, Calhoun High School in Letohatchee.

Where?  In reading.

"Unfortunately those test scores were not as high as we were expecting," says Boyd.

It immediately prompted Boyd to make some changes.

"We have provided professional development in the past in reading and we hired a special person to work specifically in the area of reading."

But neighboring Butler County didn't fare so well. The system once again failed to make AYP.

While five of its schools did-- Greenville Middle, Greenville Elementary, McKenzie High, WO Parmer Elementary and Georgiana School--the one plaguing the system is Greenville High.

However, Superintendent Darren Douthitt doesn't believe the system should be considered a failure.

"Just because 20 students did not make efficiency, that doesn't mean we fail."

Douthitt believes the only reason the school and therefore the system didn't make AYP is because five students didn't do better on the graduation exam.

Now he says he must convince teachers and students they aren't failures.

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