By Brewer Turley

brewer.turley@gaflnews.com



THOMASVILLE -- All three local school systems -- Thomas County, Grady County and Thomasville City -- have failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards set by the state.

In each system, the majority of the schools made AYP, which is a series of annual performance goals created by the state in keeping with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

However, if one school in any given system does not meet AYP standards, the entire system fails. Schools are graded based on several different criteria, including and participation on standardized tests, academic performance, attendance, and graduation rates.

Schools that fail to make AYP for two consecutive years are deemed "needs improvement schools." Penalties for schools on the needs improvement list that fail to make AYP include offering students the option to attend another school (school choice), restructuring and supplemental educational services.

In the Thomas County School System, Garrison-Pilcher and Cross Creek elementary schools and Central Middle School made AYP. These schools met or exceeded standards set by the state in test participation, academic performance and attendance.

Thomas County Central High School failed to meet state academic standards, failed to improve its graduation rate and did not make AYP. Central is now a needs improvement school and must offer school choice.

In the Thomasville City School System, Harper, Jerger and Scott elementary schools made AYP. These schools met or exceeded state standards in test participation, academic performance and attendance.

Thomasville High School and MacIntyre Park Middle School failed to meet state academic standards and did not make AYP. Thomasville High is now a needs improvement school.

MacIntyre Park Middle School is also a needs improvement school and must now implement a restructuring plan, offer supplemental services to its students and offer school choice.

In the Grady County School System, Eastside, Northside, Shiver, Southside and Whigham elementary schools made AYP. These schools met or exceeded state standards in test participation academic performance, nd attendance rates.

Cairo High School and Washington Middle School failed to meet state academic standards and did not make AYP. Cairo is a needs improvement school and must now offer school choice.

Washington Middle School is also a needs improvement school and must now implement restructuring offer supplemental services to its students and offer school choice.

A complete report on this year's Adequate Yearly Progress results is available at www.gadoe.org.

To contact reporter Brewer Turley, call (229) 226-2400, ext. 226.

Trending Video

Recommended for you