Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fourteen of Twenty-Eight Roanoke City Public Schools Meet AYP Standards

Despite more challenging benchmarks this year for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements, 14 of 28 Roanoke City Schools still managed to meet the standards under No Child Left Behind. The yearly achievement benchmarks in reading and mathematics, established by the Board of Education as part of No Child Left Behind, are known as Annual Measurable Objectives. Each year, the Annual Measurable Objectives increases several percentage points. By 2013-2014 the final goal is to have 100 percent of students in every subgroup demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing.

To achieve AYP under No Child Left Behind, a school must meet 29 objectives for student achievement. Falling short on just one achievement objective means that a school is classified as not making adequate yearly progress. Five schools, Fishburn Park Elementary, Huff Lane Intermediate, Morningside Elementary, Raleigh Court Elementary, and Round Hill Montessori fell short this year of making AYP by just one objective. Dr. Rita Bishop has led the development of a new strategic plan for the school division which is focused on raising the level of academic achievement for all students and intentionally closing the achievement gap.

“Our vision is to become a model for urban public education. While individual schools around the country have risen to this standard, no district has comprehensively performed at this level. We owe it to our children to set a very high bar. With persistence, dedication, creativity, and student focus, we will reach our vision.” Dr. Bishop said.

RCPS schools currently classified as making AYP are listed:

  • Crystal Spring Elementary
  • Fallon Park Elementary
  • Garden City Elementary
  • Grandin Court Elementary
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Hurt Park Elementary
  • Oakland Elementary
  • Preston Park Primary
  • Roanoke Academy Elementary
  • Virginia Heights Elementary
  • Wasena Elementary
  • Breckinridge Middle
  • William Ruffner Middle
  • Woodrow Wilson Middle


RCPS schools currently classified as not making AYP are listed:

  • Fairview Elementary
  • Fishburn Park Elementary
  • Huff Lane Intermediate
  • Lincoln Terrace Elementary
  • Monterey Elementary
  • Morningside Elementary
  • Raleigh Court Elementary
  • Round Hill Montessori
  • Westside Elementary
  • James Madison Middle
  • Lucy Addison Middle
  • Stonewall Jackson Middle
  • Patrick Henry High School
  • William Fleming High School

The school system has undertaken several initiatives to close achievement gaps:

  • Continue to follow the 8 step instructional process which is based on using data to determine the instructional focus.
  • Design and implement a mentoring program to support new teachers and coaching programs to support the growth of experienced teachers.
  • Implement and manage a new evaluation system improving the quality of classroom instruction and provide instruction tailored to our school division’s diverse students.

RCPS will also continue to collaborate with the City, business, community and faith-based organizations to prepare students for future academic and vocational endeavors.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Education, Roanoke City Public Schools


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