School systems meet overall AYP goals

Published 9:25 pm Monday, August 3, 2009

The Selma City and Dallas County school systems met their overall system goals for Adequate Yearly Progress implementation, but some schools in the systems fared better than others.

The two systems followed a statewide trend that showed increased student performance. This year 1,190 of the state’s 1,376 schools met 100 percent of their goals to achieve AYP. That is 3 percent higher than 2008 AYP.

In a prepared statement, Gov. Bob Riley, who is the state School Board President, said, “Alabama’s public schools have made tremendous progress during the past few years. Just five years ago, only 23 percent of schools met all their yearly progress goals. The bar was raised again this year and 86 percent of schools met all their goals.”

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All of the schools in the Selma School System with the exception of Selma High School met their goals at 100 percent.

Selma High achieved nine of its 13 goals for a rating of 69.23 percent — one of 13 schools achieving in the 60-69.99 percent range statewide. Selma High did not meet its proficiency index goal in reading and additional academic indicators.

Selma City Schools Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan said, “I am impressed but not satisfied with where we are.”

Obasohan said he was impressed because all the schools but Selma High School made their AYP.

He said the school system needs to focus on those indicators and bring them up by bringing in the community and doing some things.

Obasohan said he would not be happy until all children are at 100 percent.

In Alabama, “proficient” is defined as Level III Meets Academic Content Standards.

Alabama uses attendance rate as the additional academic indicator in elementary and middle schools. A school or school system is considered to have made its attendance goal if it meets the goal of 95 percent attendance rate or improves the attendance rate from the previous year.

For high schools, the additional academic indicator stipulated by No Child Left Behind is the graduation rate. Schools and school systems meet the graduate rate goal if the goal of a 90 percent graduation rate is achieved or if the graduation rate from the previous year has improved.

Selma High’s reported graduation rate for 2008-09 is 79 percent.

In Dallas County, students in grades 3-5 did not make AYP in reading or mathematics.

Brantly Elementary did not make the AYP, achieving 12 of 17 goals for an overall rating of 70.59 percent. Students did not meet the proficiency index goal for reading or mathematics.

Similarly, Dallas County High School remained in school improvement for the fifth year. The school, located in Plantersville, achieved 16 of 17 goals for a rating of 94.12 percent. The school has a graduation rate of 71 percent.

Keith Middle-High School, which is in school improvement year two, made 100 percent of its goals and has an 81 percent graduate rate.

Southside High made 12 of its 13 goals for a 92.31 percent ranking. The school has a 67 percent graduation rate and did not make AYP numbers on reading.

Valley Grande Elementary met 19 of its 21 goals and achieved a 90.48 percent ranking.

Southside Primary met 16 of 17 goals for a 94.12 ranking.

Other schools, such as J.E. Terry Elementary, Salem Elementary, Shiloh Elementary, Five Points Elementary and William R. Martin Middle schools met all their goals.

Don Willingham, administrative assistant to the county schools superintendent, could not be reached for comment about the scores.