D9 reviewing preliminary AYP, math scores a concern

Preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) school reports were released last week by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Final reports are  released in October after districts have checked the data and submitted any revisions to ODE. AYP is part of the federal No Child Left Behind program.

Under Oregon’s NCLB plan for this year, state standards have increased by 10 percent this year over last year. This means 60% of all students in public schools must reach state standards in English/language arts (up from 50% last year) and 59% of students must meet state standards in mathematics (up from 49% last year).  The academic target will increase another ten points in 2010-11 and by 2014 every student in every school is suppose to meet the target, that is there is supposed to be a target of 100 percent.

Schools that receive Title I funds are subject to AYP controls. District 9 elementary schools fall into this category.

Three District 9 elementary schools “met” the preliminary AYP designation for 2007-08. None of the three had enough students with limited English to be counted. Schools passing AYP included: Eagle Rock, Lake Creek and Elk Trail.

District 9 elementary schools not meeting the preliminary AYP are: Shady Cove, Little Butte, White City elementary and Mountain View Elementary.

Shady Cove & Little Butte
Students met AYP in all categories except students with disabilities in math. It should be noted that not meeting in one of the nine sub groups (i.e. limited English or disabilities) makes a school fall into the “not met” bracket.

White City Elementary
Economically disadvantaged and those with disabilities did not meet math AYP.  In English, students with disabilities that did not meet AYP. The final rating for WCE was that they did not meet overall, math or English.

Mountain View Elementary
The preliminary report for Mountain View Elementary shows they did not make AYP for the second year and this would make them subject to sanctions if the October final report shows them still not making AYP.  Tina Mondale, Director of School Improvement, said last year both Little Butte and Mountain View were in that category when the preliminary report was released. Once all data is checked, and the final report was released in October, Little Butte met in all categories. So, she says, it is too early to know whether MVE is subject to sanctions. 
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he preliminary MVE report shows students with disabilities did not meet AYP in math and in English they did not meet academic status. However, they exceeded their academic growth by nearly 22%.   Those with limited English did not meet math AYP academic status.

Middle schools and high school are not subject to federal Title I funds, consequently there are no AYP sanctions. However, Mondale said that does not lessen concern over testing and the need for improvement.

Neither EPMS or WMMS or EPHS met AYP.

Eagle Point Middle School
Students was above the state requirement in both academic status and academic growth for reading and above in academic status in math., but failed in students with disabilities.

White Mtn. Middle School
White Mountain Middle School did not meet AYP in math or English for the limited English students and for those with disabilities.  Overall academic status in reading was above the state average and slightly below the state target in math.

EPHS
The high school met overall English AYP for all but those with disabilities and did not meet in math. Academic status for all students in reading was above the state target as was their academic growth. Students with limited English and those with disabilities exceeded their academic growth by 21 and 15 percent respectively over last year.

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