August 3, 2008

4 City Schools Fall Short in AYP

By Travis Talent, High Point Enterprise, N.C.

Aug. 3--GUILFORD COUNTY -- Parents with children enrolled in at least four High Point schools will have the option of sending them to another school when the new year begins in a few short weeks.

Under the requirements of No Child Left Behind, Title I schools not meeting state proficiency target goals for Adequate Yearly Progress in the same subject for two or more years must offer parents the option of transferring their children to another public school.

In High Point, Allen Jay Elementary, Ferndale Middle, Montlieu Math and Science Academy and Parkview Elementary all qualify for that option.

According to data from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Allen Jay, Montlieu and Parkview last met AYP in the 2005-06 school year. Ferndale Middle has never met AYP since the measures were initiated during the 2002-03 school year. Preliminary results indicate none of those schools will meet AYP for the 2007-08 school year, although an official determination will not be made until October when reading results for elementary and middle schools will be released.

Kerrie Douglas, the school system's Title I program specialist, said parents of eligible students at Allen Jay, Montlieu Elementary and Parkview Elementary will have the option of supplemental educational services, a free tutoring service available to students who receive free or reduced lunch.

School officials say the system provides "intense support" to all of their Title I schools that do not meet AYP, taking into account the school's individual needs and data results.

"These schools receive a variety of additional services that include, but are not limited to, increased funding, site-based coaching, professional development, resources to implement research-based reform models, etc.," said Beth Folger, chief curriculum and organizational development officer for the school system.

In addition to various on-site services and support provided to both teachers and students, Folger said these schools also receive additional funding via federal Title I dollars and a district weighted student formula.

According to the school system's Federal and Special Programs Office, 5,237 NCLB opt-outs were reported during the 2007-08 school year.


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