Greenville schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:56 am on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

GREENVILLE — Greenville Public Schools recently received reports of meeting the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for all of its buildings.

“I am thrilled they all made it,” said Assistant Superintendent Diane Brissette.

According to the Michigan Department of Education website, AYP is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

“It measures year-to-year student achievement on the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) for elementary and middle schools, or the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) for high schools,” the website states.

Additional criteria that have to be met include test participation rates, attendance rates and graduation rates. Each subgroup (economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, and more) also have to meet the standard.

If any subgroup fails to meet the standard in any of the areas, the school does not make AYP.

“Schools and districts that exceed their AYP goals for two or more consecutive years are eligible for recognition and are encouraged to share their successful programs,” the Michigan Department of Education website stated. “Schools and districts that fail to make AYP for two consecutive years are identified for improvement and required to implement improvement plans.”

Brissette said the students must meet the standards in both mathematics and reading in every subgroup.
Although all the buildings made the AYP standards, the Greenville Public Schools district as a whole did not meet the standard.

Brissette noted this was the first year the district AYP status included the graduation rate as a measure. The graduation rate for students with disabilities was below the standard required. As a result, the district failed to make AYP.
“We always want to make the AYP standards,” Brissette said.

With all testings and results the school receives, Brissette said the school looks at the details and compares them over time.
By doing this, administrators can see trends and if improvement is needed in certain areas.
Some testing results GPS compares are the Michigan Merit Examination (MME).

According to the Michigan Department of Education, the exam is based on three parts, ACT Plus Writing college entrance examination, WorkKeys job skills assessments in reading, mathematics and locating information and Michigan development assessments in mathematics science and social students.

“We did well in social studies, but everyone took a hit,” Brissette said.

This year, the standards were raised to try to limit the gap between middle school testing and high school testing by giving schools new cut scores. This helps to better prepare students for the ACT and to test student readiness after graduation.

“I’m really proud,” Brissette said of the MME ACT Comprehensive Report results.

Greenville Public Schools had some of the highest scores in the county through the report, which tested 11th graders throughout the county this past spring.

Brissette said the school also uses PLAN and EXPLORE examinations for eighth and 10th graders, which is provided and funded by the state.

The results are strictly to provide information to the school to see if they are on the right track, and if not, how to get on track.

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