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10/30/07

Fewer Schools Meet AYP Goals in 2007

From Beaufort County Schools:

With tougher requirements for meeting the federal Adequate Yearly Progress rating and with increasingly complex student demographics, Beaufort County Schools increased its compliance index yet still saw two fewer schools meet AYP this year than in 2006.

The S.C. Department of Education released AYP information today, including school and district ratings.

In Beaufort County this year, 7 of 27 schools, or about 25 percent, met all of their AYP goals this year, down from 27 percent in 2006. (Note that Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, and similar pre-K through second grade schools across the state, hasn't received an AYP rating because those students don't take the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test. An AYP rating is expected in coming months.)

Further, of the 20 schools that missed AYP in Beaufort County, seven missed it by three or fewer goals. While most schools in South Carolina have between 17 and 21 goals to reach, a highly diverse school could have as many as 29 targets to reach. H.E. McCracken Middle, Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary and Hilton Head Island Middle have 29 targets to reach. Factors such as ethnicity, special education, limited English proficiency and poverty increase the number of goals set by the state for a school and district.

Broad River Elementary, for instance, missed making AYP by just one goal - African-American students in math. Others within that three-goal range include Battery Creek High (3), Bluffton Elementary (2), Hilton Head Island High (3), Davis Elementary (3), Shanklin Elementary (2), and M.C. Riley Elementary (2). Complete listings of school results are included at the end of this release.

The federal No Child Left Behind legislation (NCLB) requires that all students -- including those who come from low-income families, speak limited English or have learning disabilities -- score "proficient" on state math and English/Language Arts tests by 2014.

The "all or nothing" approach is misleading in many school districts, including Beaufort County, noted Dr. Valerie Truesdale, superintendent of Beaufort County Schools. Eight local schools have 25 or more sub-groups and have to make their academic goals in all those sub-groups or the entire school fails to meet AYP. Because of that, Dr. Truesdale said, another way to look at the data is to examine how many objectives the district met - called a compliance index.

For 2007, Beaufort County's compliance index was 66.7 percent - the school district met 22 of 33 objectives. Last year's compliance index was 63.6 percent with the district meeting 21 of 33 objectives. The statewide compliance index was 75.7 percent.

"Despite the performance on AYP in Beaufort County Schools, we do have points of celebration. One is that of the 20 schools that missed AYP, seven missed it by three or fewer goals. This gives us hope that with attention to these data, we can move students to higher levels of achievement," Dr. Truesdale said Tuesday.

The federal requirement for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress includes meeting all targets. If a school is responsible for making 27 targets, it has to hit all 27 to be considered, "adequate." The number of targets is determined by the degree to which a school is diverse. The minimum number of targets a school can have is five: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and attendance. Daufuskie Island Elementary has to reach goals on five targets to earn Adequate Yearly Progress designation.

"Mossy Oaks and Port Royal elementary schools met AYP standards in 2007 after they missed it last year. This is wonderful progress," Dr. Truesdale noted. "Five additional schools sustained their AYP status, including Beaufort Elementary, Coosa Elementary, Daufuskie Elementary, Lady's Island Elementary and Shell Point Elementary.

"We are still behind the state average in 21 of 24 measures on Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test so we have much work to do to align the curriculum with instruction and assessment." she said.

Mary Seamon, chief instructional services officer for Beaufort County Schools, said the AYP report is just one indicator of a school's academic setting.

"As a school community, we are affected by the Adequate Yearly Progress ratings and No Child Left Behind," Seamon said. "At the same time, it's important for this community to understand that a school missing AYP can still be providing a strong education to its students."

"We know from the research that the Everyday Mathematics program works. Several of our schools are experiencing improvement using high levels of math rigor. That program will be expanded district-wide this summer," Seamon said.
Under the NCLB, schools receiving federal Title I funds because they have a significant number of students living in poverty face considerable sanctions for not meeting their AYP goals. Half of Beaufort County's schools receive this funding. Title I schools missing the same AYP target for two consecutive years are designated as "Needs Improvement."

"Needs Improvement" schools must offer parents the choice of sending their children to another school in the district not in "Needs Improvement" status, according to the district's director of special revenue projects, Roy Stehle.

Title 1 schools recording a "Needs Improvement" rating for the second straight year are required to provide supplemental services for students, such as tutoring, along with the school choice option, Stehle said.

Title I schools that do not move out of "Needs Improvement" status after the second year face increasingly severe consequences, including corrective action or restructuring plans and the loss of federal funding, according to Stehle.
District leaders warned that AYP results will be significantly lower next year even if student test scores improve dramatically. That's because 2008 achievement goals for elementary and middle school students will increase by more than 50 percent.

To meet Adequate Yearly Progress next year, South Carolina elementary and middle schools must have 58.8 percent of their students proficient in English/Language Arts, up from 38.2 percent this year. In math, 57.8 percent must be proficient, up from 36.7 percent this year.

AYP results for Beaufort County schools for past years:

Beaufort Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (16 of 19 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (15 of 15 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (19 of 19 goals met)

Bluffton Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (25 of 27 goals met)
AYP 2006 Yes (25 of 25 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (23 of 23 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (19 of 21 goals met)

Broad River Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (16 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (19 of 19 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (18 of 19 goals met)

Coosa Elementary
AYP 2007 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)

Daufuskie Island School
AYP 2007 Yes (5 of 5 goals met)
AYP 2006 Yes (5 of 5 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (5 of 5 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (4 of 5 goals met)

Hilton Head International Baccalaureate Elementary
AYP 2007 No (25 of 29 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (22 of 29 goals met)
AYP 2005 N/A
AYP 2004 N/A

Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts
AYP 2007 No (16 of 22 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (23 of 25 goals met)
AYP 2005 N/A
AYP 2004 N/A

J.J. Davis Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (10 of 13 goals met)
AYP 2006 Yes (13 of 13 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (13 of 13 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (13 of 13 goals met)

J.S. Shanklin Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (15 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (16 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)

Lady's Island Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (14 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)

M.C. Riley Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (25 of 27 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (24 of 25 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (25 of 25 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (25 of 25 goals met)

Mossy Oaks Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (14 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)

Okatie Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (17 of 25 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (22 of 23 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (13 of 15 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (15 of 15 goals met)

Port Royal Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 Yes (13 of 13 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (13 of 15 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (13 of 13 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (13 of 13 goals met)

Shell Point Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 Yes (19 of 19 goals met)
AYP 2005 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)

St. Helena Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (7 of 13 goals met)
AYP 2006 Yes (13 of 13 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (12 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2004 Yes (17 of 17 goals met)

Whale Branch Elementary (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (7 of 13 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (4 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (14 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (14 of 19 goals met)

Beaufort Middle
AYP 2007 No (15 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (14 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (16 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (19 of 21 goals met)

H.E. McCracken Middle
AYP 2007 No (20 of 29 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (19 of 28 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (19 of 29 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (26 of 29 goals met)

Hilton Head Middle
AYP 2007 No (19 of 29 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (21 of 29 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (19 of 29 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (19 of 29 goals met)

Lady's Island Middle
AYP 2007 No (13 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (14 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (12 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (19 of 21 goals met)

Robert Smalls Middle
AYP 2007 No (16 of 27 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (17 of 23 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (16 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (19 of 21 goals met)

Whale Branch Middle (Title I School)
AYP 2007 No (10 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (9 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (12 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (18 of 21 goals met)

Battery Creek High
AYP 2007 No (16 of 19 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (12 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (13 of 19 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (14 of 21 goals met)

Beaufort High
AYP 2007 No (13 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (15 of 17 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (9 of 19 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (9 of 17 goals met)

Bluffton High
AYP 2007 No (19 of 25 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (14 of 15 goals met)
AYP 2005 N/A
AYP 2004 N/A

Hilton Head High
AYP 2007 No (20 of 23 goals met)
AYP 2006 No (6 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2005 No (20 of 21 goals met)
AYP 2004 No (10 of 25 goals met)

Full data on Beaufort County and state AYP for 2007 are available on the S.C. Department of Education web site, http://ed.sc.gov.

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