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Fewer Houston Co. Schools Made A.Y.P.

The Houston County Board of Education got the results their Adequate Yearly Progress testing and found fewer schools made A.Y.P this year than last year.

Superintendent Robin Hines says 34 of the 37 Houston County schools met the standards this year.

Last year, all Houston County schools made A.Y.P. 

Northside High School, Perry High School and the Houston County Career Academy failed to meet A.Y.P this year.

But Hines says that doesn't mean that the majority of the students in the schools failed. He says the schools didn't pass because of small groups of students.

He also says as the state's standards for A.Y.P testing continue to rise, it gets harder to get everyone to pass.



 "When you put all the students in there, what you see is we are meeting the standard," says Hines.

"But when you break the subgroups up into African American students, economically-disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, they all have to meet the same standard. And we all know that all kids can learn, all kids will learn, but they learn at a different rate."


Hines says to get ready for next year's A.Y.P's, they'll continue to follow the improvement plans currently used in the schools.

He says first, they figure out which groups of students are struggling. Then they identify the areas they tested poorly in and  tailor a remediation plan to suit them.

"The trick is we want to find out which kids are struggling ahead of time," says Hines. "We don't want to wait until the test scores come and then try to feverishly try to remediate those kids who didn't make it for the summer testing."

 Hines says its important to remember A.Y.P is only one measure of progress. He pointed out that the Houston County school district's graduation rate improved despite A.Y.P results.

He says that 82.6% of their students graduate in four years.



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