registered its highest percentage of schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) since 2005 when six more of its schools achieved the federal annual academic benchmark after summer testing results and graduations were factored in, the Georgia Department of Education reported Wednesday.
Twenty-seven of the district’s 33 schools made AYP—five more than in 2010.
Initially after the first round of results was released in July, Douglas had 12 schools that had missed AYP.
AYP, part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, is defined as a series of yearly performance goals set by Georgia for each public school and school district. It measures 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 determine overall academic success. The standards are applied overall and to specific student groups with the school population.
Following the final AYP results, joined as it, too, moved out of the Needs Improvement category by achieving AYP for the second straight year. It was determined in July after the first round of results were released that Stewart would no longer be listed in the Needs Improvement classification.
Yeager and Stewart were two of 31 schools across the state that moved out of the Needs Improvement category following the final 2011 results.
, and North Douglas elementary schools, along with Yeager, and Turner middle schools were the six Douglas County schools that earned AYP status after summer testing and graduation results were figured.
Burnett maintained its “distinguished” school status by meeting AYP for the ninth consecutive year and North Douglas for the seventh straight year.
Mason Creek Elementary made AYP for the second year in a row, and Mason Creek and Turner middle schools each made AYP this year after missing the mark in 2010.
Douglas County did not make AYP as a system this year—something it has not done in at least four years.
The following Douglas County schools did not meet AYP for 2011:
A glance at AYP results for Douglas over the years:
- 2011 — 27 of 33 schools (81.8 percent) make AYP.
- 2010 — 22 of 33 schools (66.7 percent) make AYP.
- 2009 — 22 of 31 schools (71 percent) make AYP.
- 2008 — 24 of 31 schools (77.4 percent) make AYP.
- 2007 — 23 of 30 schools (76.7 percent) make AYP.
- 2006 — 23 of 29 schools (79.3 percent) make AYP.
- 2005 — 26 of 29 schools (89.7 percent) make AYP.
- 2004 — 24 of 28 schools (85.7 percent) make AYP.
- 2003 — 19 of 28 schools (68 percent) make AYP.
Source: Georgia Department of Education