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News Release

Contact: Thomas Algarin, Director, Communication & Information
770-422-3500 ext. 282

Release July 21, 2011

Nine Marietta Schools Earn 2010-2011 AYP Status
Dunleith Elementary, Marietta Middle School Struggle

Marietta, GA - The Georgia Department of Education today released their initial Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report. Nine of eleven Marietta City Schools (MCS), including Marietta High School, achieved AYP status in 2010-2011. Dunleith Elementary and Marietta Middle School did not make AYP, and the district overall did not earn AYP status.

"Our AYP results indicate that Marietta Middle School did not make AYP because although their Students with Disabilities (SWD) are making progress, that subgroup's performance in English/Language Arts did not meet standards. Similarly, Dunleith Elementary did not make AYP because their African-American students performance in Mathematics did not meet standards," said Dr. Emily Lembeck, MCS Superintendent. "Although AYP standards continue to get consistently more difficult each year, we will be persistent in our goal to have all students not only meet standards but exceed them as well."

In Georgia, AYP is determined by the Georgia Department of Education, using results from two state exams— the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for elementary and middle schools and the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) for high schools. AYP is a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments.

"The district overall did not make AYP due to our additional indicator performance.

The former Marietta Charter School failed to earn AYP status due to Attendance, and while Marietta High School achieved AYP and met their 85 percent graduation rate, the district Graduation Rate fell short of the mark by 0.3 percentage points," added Lembeck.

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, signed into law in January 2002, requires states to set target goals for Adequate Yearly Progress based on student achievement data. States are required to "raise the bar" for AYP each year to meet the NCLB goal of having all students proficient in reading and math by the 2013-14 school year.

In order to meet AYP, schools must meet standards in three areas: Test Participation (for both Mathematics and Reading/English Language Arts), Academic Performance (for both Mathematics and Reading/English Language Arts), and an Additional Indicator.

95% Participation: Each school, as a whole, and all student groups with at least 40 members, must have a participation rate of 95% or above on selected state assessments in Reading/English Language Arts and Mathematics;

Annual Measurable Objective: Each school, as a whole, and each student group with at least 40 members must meet or exceed the State's Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) regarding the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced on State assessments in Reading/English Language Arts and Mathematics;

Additional Indicator: Each school, as a whole and as subgroups, must meet the standard or show progress on an additional indicator.

MCS Additional Indicators

For more information about AYP, contact Dr. Debra Pickett, MCS Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at 770.422.3500.


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