Recently, schools in various districts in Richmond are reporting their results on AYP testing for the 2010-2011 school year. The Virginia Department of Education keeps and posts the results on their website. How did your school district measure with others in Richmond?
If your school district made AYP(Adequate Yearly Progress) this year, it means they met the standards for literacy or proficiency in English and math. These students will be able to pursue and obtain a diploma. AYP also includes the rate of participation in this testing. Previous years, school districts may have had as low as under 50% passing rate for students in math and as high as over 80% passing rate in English. This year the proficiency rate for all students is 86% passing of English and 85% passing in math. Science was not required this year. The good news is that your student may be attending a school who made AYP, although the district did not and vice versa.
According to recent releases, only 4 districts across the state of Virginia made AYP this past school year. Most districts across the Richmond area, did not meet or exceed proficiency standards. However, most have met participation requirements at at 98-99% level. Last year, school districts who made AYP criteria for proficiency in these core subjects were Richmond City, Powhatan, Amelia, Chestefield, Hanover and Henrico counties. Be sure to visit www.va.doe.gov for more information on your local school or school districts.
What happened this year? Possible causes for changes in AYP testing are an increase of Spanish speaking students, but not of personnel, high drop out rate of students, higher standards for testing and an increasing number of students who will not qualify for any of the diplomas. If a student has significant cognitive delays, he or she will not be able to take a qualifying test. If you count all of the factors, the results are a lower amount of students who qualify to take SOLS or other standardized tests, which in turn will lower the percentage of all students, but not of those who actually took the test.
Reports on local news are saying that President OBama will sidestep Congress in changing government involvement in “The No Child Left Behind Act”. He is suggesting that individual states who already have a criteria for literacy, can use their own standards. States will be able to apply for a waiver to not use the government standards of proficiency, as long as their own standards are high enough and consistent throughout the state. Reports also suggest that Virginia will request a waiver. Schools who rely on government funding, who may not have met AYP standards for 2 consecutive years, can lose their accreditation. These changes will allow individual states to make that determination.