2005 AYP results for Summit County schools released
Two Summit County schools did not make Adequate Yearly Progress this year, which means that Summit School District will not make the standards set by the federal program.”It would be nice to make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) – it would be a feather in our caps,” said Robin Ziperman, director of technical assessment and professional development for Summit School District. “But,” Ziperman added, “it is not our primary focus.”Summit Middle School made 33 out of 36 targets, which are performance and participation goals. Performance targets missed were for ELL (English Language Learner) students in reading, and Hispanic and IEP (special education) students in math.Summit High School made 16 out of 20 targets. All of the targets missed were participation targets, which the school system says was due to a clerical error. “Data about a particular student was not properly entered in the Student Biographical Data system. It was a bookkeeping error on our part,” Ziperman said.Ziperman added that, due to various factors that impact the statistics, the school district was not really surprised by their AYP standings.”If the AYP results had surprised us, we would be in a world of hurt,” she said. “We were surprised, however, that we had made a bookkeeping error. That really bummed us out.”AYP was created as an accountability measure for schools in 2002, as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. CSAP and CSAPA tests are given once a year in grades 3-10. AYP results are calculated from these reading and math scores. Individual school results are based on the participation and performance of targets, which are made up of demographic groups numbering 30 or more within each school.According to Ziperman, AYP results are a “numbers game.” And those numbers don’t quite tell the whole story.”Not making AYP does not mean that the students aren’t learning and progressing,” Ziperman explained. What’s more important, Ziperman stressed, is that the students are progressing, and that the school is monitoring individual progress. “We have a body of evidence we use to determine programs and interventions that cater to the needs of special education learners, ELL learners and kids who learn at different rates,” Ziperman said. “Our special education vision plan which we are beginning to implement this year will, we hope, make a difference.”Summit School District Superintendent Dr. Millie Hamner agrees that there is more to the story than statistics.”It is so difficult to capture something as complex and wonderful as the learning of children into a number or an algebraic equation,” said Hamner.”With AYP, if you don’t make a myriad of targets, you lose. And we’re not losers,” she said. “To have this kind of accountability measurement is frustrating to us because we know we’re on the right track and are doing great work.”Keely Brown can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at email@example.com.AYP Chart of Targets Met in Local Schools Targets Targets MetBreckenridge 10 10Dillon Valley 16 14 Frisco 10 10Silverthorne 16 14 Summit Cove 10 10Upper Blue 10 10Summit Middle School 36 33Summit High School 20 16*all 16 met under state appeal
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