State announces results for
schools' adequate yearly progress
August 09, 2008
In school year 2007-2008, nearly six out of 10 Alaska public
schools made adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child
Left Behind Act, according to data released Friday by Alaska
Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux.
Of 501 schools statewide, 294, or 58.7 percent, made adequate
yearly progress in 2007-2008.
Statewide that represents a decline from nearly 62 percent of
Alaska public schools in 2005-2006 and nearly 66 percent in 2006-2007.
But the data should be interpreted in light of higher targets
for student proficiency that began in the 2007-2008 school year,
education officials said. Now, more students must score proficient
on state assessments for a school to make adequate yearly progress.
In Ketchikan, schools that
made adequate yearly progress for the 2007-2008 school year were:
Fawn Mountain Elementary
Ketchikan Charter School
Ketchikan High School
Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility
Point Higgins Elementary
Schoenbar Middle School
Ketchikan schools not making
adequate yearly progress for the 2007-2008 school year were:
Revilla Jr/Sr High School
Tongass School of Arts & Sciences
"It is important to note
that many schools that did not make adequate yearly progress
this year due to the higher targets did show improvement over
the previous year," said Commissioner LeDoux. "This
progress is a credit to efforts by educators to achieve higher
levels of success for all students. Moreover, many good things
are happening in our schools that are not reflected in test scores.
At the same time, we recognize the important challenge and responsibility
to fulfill the State Board of Education & Early Development's
core belief that all students can meet the Alaska standards."
Under Alaska's accountability system for NCLB, nearly all students
in grades 3 through 10 take the state's standards-based assessments
in reading, writing and math. For NCLB, the reading and writing
scores are combined into a language arts score.
Schools are held accountable for meeting targets each year for
the percentage of students who score proficient in language arts
and math. Those targets, called "annual measurable objectives"
in NCLB, increase over the years to gradually reach 100 percent
student proficiency by 2013-2014.
From 2004-2005 through 2006-2007, the targets were 71.48 percent
of students proficient in language arts and 57.61 percent proficient
in math. In 2007-2008, and continuing through 2009-2010, the
targets are notably higher: 77.18 percent proficient in language
arts and 66.09 percent proficient in math.
"We expect that each time the targets are increased, there
will be a temporary decrease in the number of schools making
adequate yearly progress," said Les Morse, Director of Assessment,
Accountability & Information Management at the Alaska Department
of Education & Early Development. "But we've seen that
over time, more schools meet the higher targets."
Under NCLB, schools are held accountable for their student body
as a whole and in up to nine subgroups of students for language
arts and math, participation rate in taking assessments, and
either a graduation rate or an attendance rate. Thus, schools
are held accountable for up to 31 targets. A school that does
not meet all of the targets has not made adequate yearly progress.
Nearly half of schools that fall short do so in only one or two
Schools that do not make adequate yearly progress are said to
be "in need of improvement." NCLB requires school districts
to impose consequences on such schools, the details of which
depend on whether the schools receive federal Title I anti-poverty
Consequences for Title I schools range from offering parents
a choice of schools and funding tutoring for low-income students,
to implementing a new curriculum or restructuring a school's
governance. For non-Title I schools, districts must implement
In 2007-2008, 20 schools that had been in need of improvement
made adequate yearly progress for the second consecutive year
and were removed from the list of schools needing improvement.
Another 34 schools needing improvement did make adequate yearly
progress in 2007-2008. If they make adequate yearly progress
for two consecutive years, they will come off the list of schools
in need of improvement.
On the Web:
List of schools meeting AYP
List of schools not meeting
Summary of Schools Considered
for AYP by District
List of Consequences
School Site AYP School Worksheets
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