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Most schools meet AYP marks

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia schools fared much better this year on federal benchmarks, with nearly 80 percent passing.   And 20 of Dougherty County's 26 schools met Adequate Yearly progress this year, too.

All of the elementary schools, are on the passing list.

Merry Acres Middle struggled for years to make Adequate Yearly Progress. This year they made it. But two other middle schools and all four high schools did not.

Dougherty County Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley says the numbers can't be manipulated, and it's numbers that are the most troubling for Dougherty County schools that did not meet AYP.

Of the six schools that didn't, five struggled in math. "Math was an area that was a real challenge for us," Whatley said.

Here's a breakdown of the subgroups that struggled on math testing:

  • At Albany Middle School, all students, black students and the economically disadvantaged didn't meet measurable objectives.
  • Those same subgroups struggled at Dougherty Middle School.
  • As far as academic measurables, Monroe met the requirements. At Albany and Westover High, black students didn't meet objectives in Math.
  • At Dougherty High, All, black, and economically disadvantaged subgroups did not meet those objectives and that's why those schools did not meet AYP.

But each of those schools did make improvements in other areas. "Each of our High schools made significant progress with decreasing the drop/out rate from last year to this, as well as increasing the graduation rate," Whatley said.

The graduation rate improved by almost ten percent at Albany High, Nearly twenty percent at Dougherty High, up to 69.4% and also increased at Monroe High. While those numbers aren't up to state standards, the improvements speak volumes to Whatley.

"That speaks to tremendous progress in all four high schools and I couldn't be prouder of our staffs and our administrative leaders at all four schools."

And she hopes parents and taxpayers understand what progress the system has made. "Our community deserves a good school system and we're working very, very hard to ensure that we provide our children, every child in the school system a quality education."

Schools are measured in three areas. Test Participation, test scores and a second indicator like attendance or graduation rates.

The Dougherty County School system has appealed its AYP status for the high schools, on the grounds that some student records were not complete or incorrect.

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