As it turns out, the Forsyth County school system made adequate yearly progress after all.
The status change, announced this week, is a result of revised state calculations originally issued in July.
According to Forsyth County Schools Associate Superintendent Lissa Pijanowski, the revisions are published once the summer re-tests and graduates are submitted to the state Department of Education.
"The July Adequate Yearly Progress Report showed that the system met all academic indicators for all subgroups," Pijanowski said in a statement.
"However, since the goal for students with disabilities on the high school graduation test in English was close, the district needed to meet the goal of 85 percent of special education students to graduate with a regular diploma."
She noted the new numbers show that more students with disabilities passed the English test when given an opportunity to take it again this summer. In so doing, they eliminated the requirement for the graduation calculation for the subgroup.
"Therefore, the district has made AYP meeting all academic indicators and with a graduation rate of 91 percent," she said.
Based on the state figures released in July, the local school district was poised to not make AYP as a system for the first time in several years.
The goals are set in accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
At the time, Forsyth was in line to be one of 152 of the state’s 183 systems that also failed to meet the goals, which officials attributed largely to rising standards this year.
Three local schools, Forsyth Central High School, iAchieve Virtual Academy and Forsyth Academy, were cited in July as failing to meet AYP.
Their status did not change with the revised results.