Several other schools in area also failed to meet AYP

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Twelve percent of Texas school districts, including Alice ISD, failed to meet 2007 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards, according to preliminary federal numbers released this week.

Alice High School was the only campus in the district to miss AYP this year. The designation stems from both the graduation rate and a decrease in the mathematics performance for students under the economically disadvantaged category.

Those students, 44 percent of whom met standard in 2006, fell three percent in 2007 to 41 percent meeting standard on the TAKS test. In order to show AYP, the group had to increase six percentage points, which led to the campus missing AYP for 2007 in mathematics performance.

In the immediate area, Premont ISD also failed to meet AYP this year for both reading performance and mathematics performance on the TAKS test.

Both BJ Junior High and San Diego High School missed AYP in mathematics, along with Ben Bolt High School, Agua Dulce Elementary, Premont High School and Premont Junior High School.

La Gloria ISD and Orange Grove ISD were the only districts to have all their campuses meet AYP standards this year.

The failure to meet AYP statewide came mostly from the graduation rate, which is calculated using the Class of 2005 and 2006 numbers.

In 2005, the graduation rate was at 77 percent in the district. By 2006, that rate had dropped to 67.3 percent, according to preliminary figures, with lower graduation percentages across the board for white, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged groups.

The Texas Education Agency did make a note the decreases might be from significant changes in the definition of who is a dropout, which changed during the 2005-2006 school year.

The graduation rate indicator is cited on the TEA Web site as the most common reason districts missed AYP in 2007.

According to TEA, statewide 6,374 schools met AYP this year, which is a three percent decrease over last year.

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

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