Local school districts make ‘adequate progress’

Local school officials said they are pleased with how their schools rated, despite higher expectations causing more schools not to make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011. The report, released Monday, said 79 percent of Michigan's public school buildings and 93 percent of the school districts made AYP for the 2010-11 school year. This is down from 86 percent of the schools and 95 percent of the districts making AYP the previous year.
Becky Vargo
Aug 16, 2011

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Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport school districts all made the grade — although Grand Haven’s Central School and Fruitport High School missed making AYP in high school reading and math, according to the reports.

“We are really pleased with getting all A’s (accreditation) and making AYP,” said Melinda Brinks, assistant superintendent of instruction for Grand Haven Area Public Schools.

Brinks said Central School did not have enough students assessed to have an academic score. So the main thing considered in AYP was the school’s graduation rate, “and that’s where they fell short,” she said.

“It’s the issue of the type of school and the students we are serving there,” Brinks explained. “We have a wide variety of student needs that we are trying to meet at Central.”

Brinks said sometimes it takes a little longer to meet those needs.

Fruitport’s alternative high school did not meet AYP for about the same reasons, said Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak.

Fruitport High School also fell short in high school reading and math, but that was due to a test administration problem, Szymoniak said.

“They have very stringent rules about how tests must be taken,” he noted. “They couldn’t accept a couple of student’s scores.”

The Fruitport superintendent said the school district worked last year on determining the standards and this year will be implementing the teaching of it. “Are we on track? Absolutely,” Szymoniak said.

The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires all states to establish English and math proficiency targets, according to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan. Those targets must reach 100 percent by the 2013-14 school year.

During the past school year, the percent of students needing to be proficient on state assessments was raised by an average of 10 percent.

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