Thursday, August 23, 2007
County schools show progress
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County School District got some good news this week. Five schools improved their level indices and six of the eight schools met all Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards, according to curriculum coordinator Jerry Moore.
The overall picture for last year as compared to the previous school year is steady improvement in school level indicators and marked improvement in the number of AYP standards met.
District-wide, Marshall County schools met 30 of 32 United States Department of Education’s AYP standards in 2006-07. By comparison, the district in 2005-2006 met 23 of the 32 AYP standards.
In simpler terms, all eight schools in the district met or exceeded AYP objectives last year in reading, language arts and math proficiency, except for Byhalia High School which missed its mark in algebra I.
Graduation rates and attendance indicators set by AYP were met or exceeded by all schools except H.W. Byers High School, which missed its objective of a 72 percent graduation rate.
Every school in the district, with the exception of Galena, improved its school level score. Galena just slightly dropped from a Level 3.4 to a Level 3.3.
As the record stands this year based on level indices just released by the school district, two schools (Mary Reid and Potts Camp) were rated excellent (Level 4). Four Schools (Byhalia High, Galena, H.W. Byers Elementary and H.W. Byers High) were rated successful (Level 3).
Two schools, Byhalia Elementary and Byhalia Middle School, were under performing (Level 2). The schools were previously combined under one banner – Henry Elementary School.
The level indices by school for the 2006-2007 school year are as follows:
The district is accredited.
Holly Springs School District
State testing results for the 2006-2007 year were not released in detail by the Holly Springs School District last week to The South Reporter.
However, superintendent of education Irene Walton provided a press release:
“Although the Holly Springs School District did not meet its goal of Level 3, we did make significant gains in various areas, especially in grades 4-8.
“We are also very pleased that none of our schools are in school improvement (missed a specific AYP objective two years in a row) and that we moved many of our students from the lowest levels.
“In order to make a greater impact on student achievement this school year, we have made changes in our staff and instructional practices and will implement a number of research-based programs designed to meet the specific needs of our students.
“I have complete confidence in the students, parents, community and staff of the Holly Springs School District, and I believe that, given time, we will reach our vision of being a Level 5 district.”
Levels are defined as follows: 5 - superior; 4 - exemplary; 3 - successful; 2 - under performing; 1 - low performing; 0 - priority schools.
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