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Fewer Bibb Schools Make AYP This Year
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The state Department of Education released its 2010 final Adequate Yearly Progress report.

The numbers show that the number of Bibb County schools making AYP dipped since 2009.

This year, 21 of 41 Bibb schools made AYP, five fewer than last year.

That means, as a whole, the district did not meet AYP for the sixth year in a row.

Preliminary results released this spring showed 15 Bibb schools made the list, but Friday's final results factor in summer graduations and test re-takes.

That means 51 percent of Bibb schools made AYP this year, compared to 63 percent last year. In 2004, 71 percent of schools made adequate progress, according to the state.

Nine schools that met AYP last year, did not meet the standard in 2010:

  • Brookdale Elementary School
  • Burghard Elementary School
  • Bruce Elementary School
  • Rice Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Howard Middle School
  • Miller Magnet Middle School
  • Rutland Middle School
  • Hutchings Career Center

Howard Middle School Principal Eric Carlyle says preliminary results indicated his school would not meet AYP this year. Carlyle joined the district in July, to fill the Howard Middle School position.

"Not making AYP is absolutely disappointing," Carlyle said Friday. "We are continuing to try to cultivate an environment of high expectations for all of our students as well as our staff."

He says the school qualified in all but two categories - state results show special education students didn't make the grade in math and reading.

Deputy Superintendent Kathy Reese says Bibb students with disabilities lag behind.

"We will begin to look at other things in other systems and other states that have been successful with certain subgroups of students," Reese said.  

Reese also says standards get tougher each year, making it harder for Bibb to meet the requirements.

Howard Middle School parents reacted to the results Friday.

"It does take you aback, I think, to know that your child's school doesn't meet the requirement," Michele Beverly, who has two children at the middle school, said.

"I think that the more parental involvement that we have, and the harder teachers work, the more the likelihood we'll make AYP," Gail Hamrick, mother of a seventh grade student, said.

Despite not making AYP when the preliminary results were released, these schools are now on the AYP list:

  • Barden Elementary School 
  • Riley Elementary School
  • Union Elementary School
  • Ballard-Hudson Middle School
  • Bloomfield Middle School
  • Weaver Middle School

In Houston County, 33 of 36 schools made AYP this year. Preliminary results indicated 32 schools has met the standard, but final results show Warner Robins High School, after factoring in summer graduations and re-tests, is back on the list.

Northside High School, Perry High School and Houston County Career and Technology Center did not meet AYP this year. Last year, all schools in Houston County met AYP.

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