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AYP results bring mixed news for local schools

April 08, 2010
REGION — The release earlier this week of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports from this past fall's statewide NECAP exams brought mixed news for local schools, with some celebrating success in all areas and others frustrated by unfavorable results.

A school's AYP status is calculated using an index scoring system under which students who meet or exceed the level of proficiency on the exam receive full credit for their scores, while those who fall below the level of proficiency receive partial credit.

The school's average index score is similar to a grade on a test, with 100 being the ideal score.

Under guidelines set by the federal government under the No Child Left Behind Act, any school-wide index score below a 91 on the Reading portion of last fall's exam was considered a failure to make AYP.

A score below 88 was considered failure to make AYP in Math.

The Alton Central School was the only school in the area to make AYP in both Reading and Math — a sharp improvement over last year's results, which saw the school failing to make AYP in both areas.

Barnstead Elementary School, which had already been designated by the state Department of Education as a School in Need of Improvement (or SINI) on the basis of previous Reading scores, failed to make AYP in either subject (for the third consecutive year in Reading and the second consecutive year in Math).

The New Durham School, which made AYP in both Reading and Math last year, failed to repeat its success in either subject on the fall exam, as did Kingswood Regional Middle School (which also made AYP in all areas last year).

The results for Prospect Mountain High School were mixed, with the school (which failed to make AYP in either subject last year) reporting positive progress in Reading, but not in Math.

Kingswood Regional High School reported the same mixed results, making AYP in Reading, but not in Math.

According to information released by the Department of Education on April 7, only 133 of the 473 schools throughout the state that participated in the fall exam managed to make AYP in all areas, while the remaining 323 schools failed to make AYP in either one or both subjects.

An additional 34 schools have now joined the statewide list of SINIs, bringing the total number to 261.

After breaking the results down by district, state officials found that out of the 163 public school districts in New Hampshire, only 60 made AYP in both subjects on the fall exam, while 100 did not.

The AYP results for the remaining three districts were still pending as of the writing of this article.

With 17 additions made to the list of DINIs, the grand total now stands at 67.

Watch for a more detailed look at the AYP results in next week's issue of The Baysider.

Brendan Berube can be reached at 569-3126 or bberube@salmonpress.com

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