ATLANTA – Fifty-five Atlanta Public Schools achieved state Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for 2011, based on student performance on the 2011 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) results. AYP is the formula used to determine if schools are meeting performance requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
A total of 38 elementary, nine middle and eight high schools achieved AYP standards for 2011. Last year, a total of 40 elementary, 13 middle and eight high schools achieved AYP standards.
The state increased requirements for schools and districts to meet AYP standards in order to achieve the goal of 100 percent of students meeting AYP standards by 2014. The increase in the state’s requirements for schools to achieve AYP for 2011 in mathematics alone was 8.1 percent over 2010. Most APS schools that did not meet AYP standards was based on their performance in math. APS’ trend in AYP performance for 2011 mirrors state average changes in performance.
APS CRCT scores for 2011 increased in four of five categories tested, including math, reading, English Language Arts and Social Studies. APS student performance in science for 2011 was the same as last year.
“The results of raising the performance bar for AYP from year to year presents a considerable challenge for all school districts,” said Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. “We will continue our efforts to escalate our students’ academic performance in all subject areas across all grade levels through effective teaching and the use of proven curriculum and instructional methods.”