15 Douglas Schools 'Distinguished'
But the Douglas County school system overall does not achieve Adequate Yearly Progress.
Fifteen Douglas County public schools achieved or maintained a "distinguished" school status even though the county school system as a whole did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2011, according to reports released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Education.
The distinguished schools:
- Annette Winn Elementary—met AYP 10 years in a row.
- Arbor Station Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Bright Star Elementary—met AYP five years in a row.
- Brighten Academy—met AYP five years in a row.
- Chapel Hill Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Chapel Hill Middle—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Dorsett Shoals Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Factory Shoals Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Fairplay Middle—met AYP three years in a row.
- Holly Springs Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Lithia Springs Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Mirror Lake Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Mount Carmel Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- South Douglas Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
- Winston Elementary—met AYP nine years in a row.
AYP, a cornerstone of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, is defined as a series of annual performance goals set by Georgia for each school and school district. It is a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments.
AYP uses a combination of end-of-year testing and a second indicator—graduation rate for high schools, attendance rate for lower schools—to judge overall academic success. The standards are applied overall and to specific groups with the school population.
Twelve of 33 Douglas Schools did not meet AYP, meaning 63.6 percent met the AYP standard.
"We have many great schools in the state providing a high-quality education to all students," state School Superintendent John Barge said in a news release. "But the rate at which the academic bar and the graduation rate requirement increased this year prevented more schools from making AYP. We knew we were up against the proverbial wall because this bar increases each year, and it appears that we have begun to hit it.”
The following schools did not meet AYP for 2011:
- Burnett Elementary.
- Chapel Hill High.
- Chestnut Log Middle.
- Douglas County High.
- Lithia Springs Comprehensive High.
- Mason Creek Elementary.
- Mason Creek Middle.
- New Manchester Elementary.
- North Douglas Elementary.
- Sweetwater Elementary.
- Turner Middle.
- Yeager Middle.
Schools that miss AYP goals in reading, English/language arts and math for two consecutive years are placed in the "needs improvement" category, making them subject to a progressive set of sanctions to help their students, such as paying for outside tutoring and offering transfers.
One school in Douglas County moved off the needs-improvement list by achieving AYP for two consecutive years: Stewart Middle School.
Schools in the needs-improvement category are not "failing" but are underperforming, according to the Georgia Department of Education.
The following schools remain on the needs-improvement list: