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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The grades are in for area schools, and many did not pass with flying colors. Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, scores show that school districts have their work cut out for them if they want to meet federal standards.

In New Hanover County 12 schools met 100 percent of their AYP goals, including New Hanover High School. The school district says despite the majority of schools not meeting their goals, it doesn’t mean they are not progressing.

“It’s good data. It’s good snap shot data,” New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said. “It gives us a point in where we are.”

Markley stands by his schools when it comes to this year’s AYP, a federal performance standard defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.The goal is for all public school students to perform at grade level in reading and math by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

“The No Child Left Behind goal was to force districts to look at all their students,” Markley said. “It’s really done that, because we now spend more time working with students across the board.

With the AYP, the percentage of students required to be proficient in reading and math increases over the years. To pass this year, 71.6 percent of students in third to eighth grade had to be at grade level in reading. For math the percentage is 88.6. Last year the target for reading was 43.2 percent and 77.2 for math. That makes it a challenge for schools.

“Proficiencywise we are at or above where we were last year,” Markley said. “When we look at student growth we’re about where we were at last year, a little better in some places. But because of the new AYP standards, some of our schools didn’t get 100 percent of our targets.”

“All across the United States fewer schools will be making AYP this year, because the bar is raised every year,” Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden said.

Pruden echoes what many area educators are saying: despite the AYP, schools are making progress.

“Every one of our schools improved in one of the measures of performance,” Pruden said.

In Brunswick County eight out of 20 schools met AYP. In Columbus just one out of 19 made the federal standard. Just one of 14 schools in Bladen County made the mark. In Pender County, six out of 16 schools made AYP. We have not yet received results from Whiteville City Schools.

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6 Comments on "Area schools struggle to meet higher AYP standards"

2015 years 10 months ago

It would be more beneficial for the NEWS Reporters to actually know more about the ENTIRE AYP OR ABC process than to just talk about the numbers. When the reports comes out the way it does, it gives people a false sense of how schools are actually doing. It is a shame that the schools have to continue to defend themselves in order to keep the confidence of the public. If you want a true article that is more authentic than just telling about the numbers then I will be glad to do that for you. Until then, do a bit more research or a bit more explaining than just saying that the school are struggling to meet federal guidelines. That does not, in ANY WAY, give a true picture of the progress of the school OR the students. SUCH A SHAME

—–a NON- New Hanover PUBLIC EDUCATOR, but former resident

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2015 years 10 months ago

71% of the schools in the school system FAILED to meet the government standards and “Markley stands by his schools when it comes to this year’s AYP, a federal performance standard defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.”

All they had to do was pass 7 out of 10 kids and they failed. Unfortunately we dont know how bad they failed. But if 7 out of ten kids arent reading at grade level why?

2015 years 10 months ago

Its not just 70% of all of the kids. It is 70% of EACH sub-group of students, defined by the federal government. Every school does not have the same number of subgroups therefore their targets are not quite the same. So, this article is definitely not totally true. Oh, and out of those those sub-groups, if even ONE of the groups do not reach that 70% plateau, then that means your school “failed”, so for a school that may have 16 targets and they get 15 out of 16, that means the school “failed”, but if a school only had 6 targets and got them all, then that means the school met AYP. It is RIDICULOUS! More people need to be educated on the overall process—that much I will say.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Brunswick and New Hanover County Boards of Education are controlled by a solid Republican Majority (Brunswick All Republican) Board. Why have these conservatives failed the students in educating them. We should fire both boards of education. They should give up their salaries until our schools make AYP. Supt and Board, of course you would like to praise the nc Standard course of study…but AYP is the standard. Why dont you Teapots give the federal money back and then you can just do your likes…which fail our students and the board gave the supt a B+. Fire the board and the supt and let one of the teachers run the system. Fire the central office and re-assign the school princ……time for a change folk. the democrats weren’t this bad. Fire the incumbents…bants. bunts…I am from the local schools….

2015 years 10 months ago

You mentioned NHC had 12 schools meeting the requirement. You did not give the total number of schools tested. Are you deliberately hiding the total number, or is just poor reporting?

2015 years 10 months ago

Too bad the results aren’t better for all of the counties. But I’m proud that out of all of the counties listed, Brunswick County was second highest in percentage of schools passing (36.8%), exceeded only by Pender County (37.5%). New Hanover only had 29.3%. Wow! I also love the bias reporting by WWAY. They didn’t list the different counties the same. They listed 12 New Hanover schools passing…but out of how many? 41!! I guess reporting only the 12 looked better than the 7 for Brunswick, 6 for Pender, etc.

Guess they’re too busy reporting stories such as Teen Mom 2’s drug usage. Way to be like TMZ!


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