Four Powder Springs Schools Miss AYP
McEachern High, Tapp Middle, Compton Elementary and Powder Springs Elementary are among the 30 public schools in Cobb that helped lead to the county overall falling short of Adequate Yearly Progress.
Four Powder Springs public schools were among the 30 in the Cobb County School District that failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress, helping lead to the county overall falling short of AYP.
McEachern didn’t make AYP this year because of the “second indicator,” which is based on attendance for primary, elementary and middle schools, and graduation rates for high schools.
Tapp fell short of AYP because of academic performance. To make AYP, a school must attain the Annual Measurable Objectives for reading, English and math for the Criterion-Reference Competency Tests, or those subjects for the Georgia High School Graduation Test.
Compton and Powder Springs also missed AYP based on academic performance.
Repeatedly missing AYP can lead to schools being forced to pay for outside tutoring for students and allowing students to transfer. The school district plans to address specific consequences by Tuesday.
Out of the 113 schools in the district, 83 did reach AYP, including Hillgrove High, Lovinggood Middle, Austell Intermediate, Kemp Elementary, Still Elementary, Varner Elementary and Vaughan Elementary.
AYP is a series of annual performance goals set by the state for each school district and school, as well as for the state as a whole, according to the Department of Education’s website. By participating in Title I, states must commit themselves to the goal of the federal No Child Left Behind Act: that by 2014 all students will be proficient in reading, English and math, as determined by state assessments.
Title I is a voluntary federal program that provides more than $11 billion to participating states to help educate low-income children, the website says.