San Diego, Benavides schools fail to meet requirements

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Texas Education Agency (TEA) released results of the 2007 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report last week.

Statewide, 6,374 school districts met AYP this year which included Freer ISD, a three percent decrease over last year and 12 percent failed to meet standards, according to the preliminary federal numbers.

Under the accountability provisions in the No child Left Behind Act, all public school campuses, districts and the state are required to be evaluated on Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics and either Graduation Rate or Attendance Rate.

If a campus, district or state which is receiving Title 1, Part A funding fails to meet AYP for two consecutive years, that campus, district or state is subject to certain requirements such as offering supplemental education services, offering school choice and/or taking corrective actions.

In order to receive the label "meets AYP," schools and districts were required to test 95 percent of their students with at least 60 percent passing the reading English Language Arts test and 50 percent passing the Mathematics exam.

The graduation rate indicator was sited as the main reason of failure to meet AYP statewide, reports showed.

Schools and districts can also meet AYP by showing significant performance Improvement.

Freer High School, Freer Junior High and Norman Thomas Elementary all met AYP, according to the TEA report.

San Diego ISD results showed the high school and Bernarda Jaime Junior High missed AYP in mathematics. Archie Parr Elementary and Anna Collins Primary met AYP.

Benavides ISD results showed Benavides Secondary missed AYP in mathematics and Benavides elementary met AYP.

Ramirez Common School District met AYP.