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Mimosa Gains AYP Status

The Roswell school had students retake tests to earn its Adequate Yearly Progress.

has earned Adequate Yearly Progress status following a successful re-test efforts last spring.

“Each year, the testing targets for Adequate Yearly Progress increase and become more challenging for all schools to meet,” said Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa. “It’s exceptional that so many of our schools continue to meet these goals, but we will keep providing the instructional support needed so that every school will reach its AYP targets.

Results released yesterday by the Georgia Department of Education show that the number of Fulton County schools making AYP during the 2010-2011 school year has increased to 75 schools – or 73.5% of the district. Four other schools also made AYP after retaking tests.

S.L. Lewis Elementary School and Taylor Road Middle School each made AYP after students re-took the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) after spring remediation. Langston Hughes High School and Westlake High School regained AYP status after students performed better on the math section of the Georgia High School Graduation Test following summer school.

“I’m pleased that these five schools were successful in their tutoring and summer school programs and have earned AYP status. The community can be proud of the students’ and teachers’ hard work,” said Avossa.

The elementary and middle schools during the spring administration of the CRCT. Students in grades three, five and eight were allowed to re-take the math and/or reading sections of the test in the spring following intensive tutoring efforts. Improved scores on the re-test resulted in the schools making their AYP goals.

Similarly, high schools are measured by their math and English/language arts achievement on the Georgia High School Graduation Test as well as for test participation and graduation rates. Following summer school re-tests, Langston Hughes High School and Westlake High School met AYP benchmarks in math achievement.

Adequate Yearly Progress is a measure of how a school, school system or state is doing in achieving the goals set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In Fulton County, AYP is measured by specific test performance, participation rates and attendance levels, which are broken down by nine different subsections of students. If even one of the nine subsections does not meet the set benchmarks, the entire school or school system does not make AYP for that year.

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