Montgomery, Ala. - Fifty-one 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 96% of our goals and the district made AYP," said Montgomery Superintendent John Dilworth. "But the most impressive improvement is four more schools made AYP this year over last. All except one of our elementary schools made it. Every middle and junior high school met their mark as well.
Carver High School made AYP for the second year, and Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee High Schools showed significant improvements."
These gains mean school choice programs will only be offered for students in four Title I schools this year: Goodwyn Junior High, Chisholm Elementary, Paterson Elementary and Brewbaker Intermediate. While all except Paterson made AYP this year, No Child Left Behind standards require a school to maintain that status for two consecutive years. Parents of those schools will receive information on their options by mail in the next few days.
"We have much to celebrate," said MPS Board Chairperson Mary Briers. "In 2004, only 11 schools - just 19% - made AYP. This year, 51 schools - 89% - hit their mark. We've moved from making just 48% of our goals to 96%. I am very proud of our teachers, administrators and support staff. They are making a real difference in the lives of children."
The six schools that did not make AYP are: The Children's Center, Fews Alternative School, Sidney Lanier High School, Robert E. Lee High School, Jefferson Davis High School, and Paterson Elementary School.
"It would be a mistake to categorize those schools that didn't make AYP as failures," added Dilworth. "Each school can have as many as 25 goals, and if you only miss one, you don't make AYP. We know where we need to concentrate our efforts. We are putting a team of specialists in place to work with those schools that need assistance. We have high expectations for the future."