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MISSION – School districts recently received their preliminary 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress scores. With higher standards this year, fewer schools and districts met requirements. Sharyland and La Joya Independent School Districts struggled this year with both districts missing their AYP in reading. LJISD also missed their AYP in math.
To meet AYP standards this year, school districts were to have 87 percent or more of their students passing the state reading test, 83 percent in math, and have either a 75 percent graduation rate or 90 percent attendance rate. According to the Texas Education Agency, only 28 percent of Texas school districts met these new standards.
Under the No Child Left Behind Act, the passing standards will increase each year, with the state requiring a 100 percent passing rate on both math and reading by 2014. Last year’s passing rates were 80 percent in reading, 75 percent in math. Last year, 50 percent of districts met AYP requirements. The standards also include breaking down students into sub-groups.
As a district, SISD missed AYP in reading with a 76 percent of special education students passing. This is the same area SISD did not meet last year.
Dr. Virginia Richter, SISD superintendent, said the district has a large population that is classified in the special education group. She was meeting with school principals and other administrators this week to develop a plan to better serve students in special education.
“It’s a life skill,” said Richter about reading being important for all students to learn. She said the district is looking at being very intentional with their curriculum this coming year.
Because of the low score in reading, SISD is in Stage 1, which means the district, or campus, must develop an improvement plan and campuses must offer students the option to transfer to a school that meets AYP requirements.
B.L Gray Junior High and Romulo D. Martinez Elementary did not meet AYP in reading. Sharyland High School did not meet their AYP requirements for math and is also in Stage 1. All other SISD schools met AYP standards.
LJISD had 81 percent of their students meet AYP standards. For math, only 80 percent of the district’s students met AYP standards.
Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School, Irene M. Garcia Middle School, and Juan de Dios Middle School are in Stage 1 for reading and math. Dr. Americo Paredes Elementary is also in Stage 1, but only for reading. Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School, although meeting AYP this year, is in Stage 1.
Palmview High School missed AYP in reading, math, and graduation rate. The school is currently in Stage 4.
According to TEA, schools that are in Stage 2 or higher, face stronger sanctions at each additional stage. At Stage 4, a school will need to develop a restructuring plan and additional training for principals, administration and teachers.
Of the 35 campuses participating, 14 LJISD schools met AYP standards in all three areas.
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