Haley not ready to accept state AYP decision for CAHS

— Supt. Bill Haley told members of the school board and audience that he was not ready to accept the state’s decision on Carman- Ainsworth High School’s AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) status at the Aug. 17 board of education meeting.

Paul Robinson, director of research and assessment, presented the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) report for the district during the meeting, going over the data for the district. When it came down to the district’s 2009-2010 AYP status, the only school within the district to not make AYP was Carman-Ainsworth High School.

“Carman-Ainsworth High School did not make AYP due to a student with a disability,” Robinson said. “The student did not make AYP in reading for the subgroup.” Robinson said the state’s determination meant that Carman-Ainsworth High School has had two, consecutive years of not meeting AYP. The high school now has to have two, consecutive years of making AYP. The elementary schools and Carman-Ainsworth Middle School did make AYP.

According to the MIchigan Department of Education, when a Title I school does not make AYP for two consecutive years it is identified for improvement and must take the following steps to improve student academic achievement: develop a two-year school improvement plan in consultation with parents, school district staff, and any outside expert who is providing assistance; submit the plan to the district for peer review and district approval; implement the improvement plan by the beginning of the school year following the year the school was identified; and spend at least 10 percent of its Title I allocation each year for the next two years on professional development that directly addresses the achievement problems that caused it to be identified. Robinson said the high school is in Phase II of the state’s plan.

“It is correct that we did not make AYP, but we are not a failing high school,” Haley said. “I will not accept that label.” Haley said that he discovered a female student in the high school who was in special education two years ago, but not for the 2009-2010 school year.

Haley said the student was proficient in reading and if she would have been properly placed in the subgroup, the high school would have made AYP.

“I am in an active dialogue with the state. I don’t like the perception or consequences of AYP,” Haley said. “It doesn’t fairly represent the accountability of our teachers. I’m not ready to bring closure to this year’s AYP report. I will not accept the determination and will continue to pursue this vigorously.”

The Michigan Department of Education annually makes a determination of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all public elementary, middle, and high schools in Michigan. AYP evaluates schools and school districts in the areas of academic achievement, participation in state assessment, graduation rate for high schools, and student attendance for elementary and middle schools. In addition, the Department reports on Education YES! — a Yardstick for Excellent Schools, the state school accreditation system under which letter grades are assigned for academic achievement and indicators of school performance to determine state accreditation of Michigan schools.

The state’s EducationYES! Report Cards were Aug. 4 for Michigan elementary, middle, and high schools, along with the annual report on each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), as required by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. In Michigan, AYP measures year-to-year student achievement on the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) for elementary and middle schools, or the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) for high schools.

Other indicators, such as the number of students who participate in the assessments and graduation rate for high schools, are also considered in the calculation.

The next meeting of the Carman- Ainsworth Board of Education is 6:30 p.m. Set. 7 in the administration building.

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