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School district again makes AYP
Strong showing builds on 2009
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Forsyth County News
The Forsyth County school system has again made Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, according to a report the system released Monday.

All but one school in the system, Forsyth Central High, also achieved AYP.

This is the second year in a row the system as a whole has made AYP, which is the cornerstone of accountability for the federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

Superintendent Buster Evans said in a statement that he was “thrilled” with the district’s performance.

“I want to be among the first to congratulate all of our teachers, students and leaders for their work in helping the system make this phenomenal accomplishment,” he said.

“This continues to affirm that we certainly do have a wonderful student population with parents who value education.”

AYP is based primarily on student achievement on required statewide tests.

For elementary and middle schools, the exam is the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, or CRCT. For high school, it is the Enhanced Georgia High School Graduation Test.

According to the school system’s report, the 2010 state AYP report indicated that Forsyth had higher percentages of students meeting or exceeding expectations on the tests in 2010 than in 2009.

In addition, the report states that Forsyth’s graduation rate is expected to exceed 90 percent in 2011, its highest in a decade.

Forsyth Central failed to make AYP for 2010 because 11 Hispanic junior first-time test takers did not meet the bar for the graduation test in English Language Arts, according to the report.

However, 80 percent of Hispanic students at the school did meet the standard on that portion of the test.

Central also saw a 19 percent increase in the graduation rate from 2009 to 2010 among Hispanic students and a 29 percent increase in the rate among all students whose primary language is not English.

“While students take the [graduation test] as juniors, the work [Central] has accomplished to provide students with the support needed to be successful and graduate is quite impressive and cannot be overlooked,” said Lissa Pijanowski, associate superintendent of academics and accountability.

Pijanowski also noted a large percentage increase over the past two years in students in third through eighth grades systemwide exceeding standards on the CRCT.

Evans noted that these accomplishments do not happen “without outstanding teachers and school leaders who set high expectations and then support student work.”

“Our teachers are among the best hires and best professionally developed in America, and I think these types of accomplishments demonstrate that fact quite well,” he said.

“Systemically, I want to express appreciation to our board of education and many system level employees who support the work. Our strength is found in having many groups and individuals within the system who continue to push the envelope of performance.”