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UCPS ranked #1 in AYP among 15 largest NC school districts
According to preliminary results released today (July 21, 2010) by the state, Union County Public Schools ranked number one among the 15 largest districts in the state with the percentage of students making Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal law.
â€œOur students, teachers, parents and administrators and staff deserve positive rewards for their collaborative efforts, and I think the recently released preliminary AYP scores validate the hard work by these stakeholders,â€ said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis. â€œI am very proud of the hard work they put forth during the 2009-2010 school year.â€
Forty-two out of 52 UCPS schools met AYP this year (80.8 percent), achieving 100 percent of the target goals set by NCLB. Three UCPS schools only missed meeting their AYP by one goal, while an additional six schools met at least 80 percent of their goals. (To view all UCPS 2009-2010 AYP details)
â€œJust because a school does not meet AYP does not mean they didnâ€™t work just as hard as other schools,â€ said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis. â€œTitle One and schools with diverse populations have a number of factors that make it more difficult to make AYP. Weâ€™re going to be working closely with those schools to analyze those factors and try to address them. The staff at those schools are just as dedicated, the students just as conscientious and the parents are just as supportive.â€â€¨
In order for a school to make AYP, each student subgroup (School as a Whole; American Indian; Asian; Black; Hispanic; Multi-Racial; White; Economically Disadvantaged; Limited English Proficient, and Students with Disabilities) must have at least a 95 percent participation rate in the statewide assessments, as well as meeting the target goal.
Union County surpassed the 15 largest school districts in AYP results. The closest system in results to UCPS was New Hanover County Schools, with 69.2 percent meeting AYP. The school system closest in size to Union County, (Durham County), had 25 percent of its schools meeting AYP. In Mecklenburg County, 57.7 percent met AYP; while the largest system in the state, Wake County Public Schools, had 38.4 percent meet AYP. (To view other systems' statewide AYP details)â€¨
Carolyn White, director of Testing and Student Services, said the district as a whole met 66 out of 70 goals (94.3 percent). In 2008/09, the system met 64 out of 71 goals (90.1 percent.) The system met all goals in grades 3-8.
Beginning with the 2009-10 accountability cycle, the retest policy for end-of-course tests for high school students has been implemented. The higher of the two scores from the 2009-10 school year will be used in the calculation of the AYP results related to Algebra I, English I and Biology.
As a result, 2009-10 AYP determinations for high schools students will not be directly comparable with previous yearsâ€™ results.
White said the retest policy for end-of-grade tests was implemented in the elementary and middle schools during the 2008-09 school year.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jul 21, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe