More Beaufort Co. schools meet AYP

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - More schools in the Beaufort County School District met the Adequate Yearly Progress for 2010, according to data released Monday by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Beaufort County School District's compliance index increased from 70 percent in 2008, 82 percent in 2009 and 91 percent in 2010. Ten schools had a compliance index of more than 90 percent.

AYP is part of requirements of No Child Left Behind. Data are reported as percent of objectives met.

The 16 Beaufort County Schools meeting AYP this year is up from 12 schools last year  and four schools in 2008. Every elementary and middle school met all objectives or missed by one or two objectives, according to the school district.

Schools that met AYP by meeting all objectives are: Broad River, Coosa, Daufuskie, James J. Davis, Shanklin, Lady's Island, M.C. Riley, Mossy Oaks, Okatie, Port Royal, Red Cedar, Shell Point, St. Helena and Whale Branch Elementary Schools. Riverview Charter School and Whale Branch Middle Schools also met all objectives. 

The Beaufort County School District met 30 of the 33 objectives in 2010, that is an increase from 27 of 33 objectives in 2009 and 23 of 33 objectives in 2008.   

Superintendent Dr. Valerie Truesdale said in a statement: "Our district students, school leaders and teachers are to be commended for the significant increase in meeting 30 of 33 objectives.  We are immensely proud of their focus on standards based instruction in all areas, especially in reading and mathematics. It is encouraging to note that Whale Branch Middle and St. Helena Elementary made AYP in 2009 and again in 2010. Now Whale Branch Elementary has also met AYP, indicating that the Accelerated Learning Schools interventions, which include extended learning time and intense instruction, are making a difference. Four schools (Broad River, Shanklin and St. Helena Elementary Schools plus Whale Branch Middle) met AYP two years in a row and are now out of Improvement status."

Next year, the percentage of South Carolina elementary and middle school students who must score proficient on math and English Language Arts tests in order to meet those goals will jump from about 58 percent to nearly 80 percent, according to a news release.

No Child Left Behind using a rating system in which schools must meet all targets in order to make AYP. Schools are identified has having met or not met AYP performance objectives, the release said.

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