State Releases Annual AYP Results New Haven Schools Make AYP Safe Harbor
(8/11/2010) NEW HAVEN –New Haven’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results for the 2009-10 school year were released earlier today by the State Department of Education. New Haven made great strides this year with ten Elementary/Middle Schools and two High Schools achieving Safe Harbor and four Elementary/Middle Schools and one High School making AYP.
The strongest surge in growth came in the number of schools achieving Safe Harbor. The Elementary/Middle Schools making Safe Harbor include: Barnard Environmental Magnet, Beecher School, Clinton Avenue School, Columbus Family Academy, John C. Daniels School, Edgewood Magnet School, King/Robinson Magnet School, Lincoln-Bassett School, Ross/Woodward School and Truman School with Barnard, Beecher, Clinton, Columbus and Truman hitting this milestone for the first time. Ross Woodward has made Safe Harbor two years in a row, which means the school will be removed from the “needs improvement” list. Career High School and New Haven Academy represent the High Schools making Safe Harbor and this is the first time for both.
“These are unprecedented numbers of schools making significant gains and reaching Safe Harbor,” said Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo. “I have seen the numbers trending up and up over the past five years, especially in our Elementary and Middle schools, and we are committed to continuing to do what is working in these schools and keep the trend moving up.”
There are a number of schools that were held back from Safe Harbor because a small number of sub-groups did not qualify. East Rock Elementary School has twelve sub-groups that are tested and all but one missed scoring in the Safe Harbor range, therefore, keeping the school on the “needs improvement” list. Fair Haven School also has twelve sub-groups of which ten reached Safe Harbor. Other examples include Celentano School and Jepson School where each school had two sub-groups out of ten miss Safe Harbor. “It is clear that these schools are in striking range of Safe Harbor status and staff at both the schools and central office will continue to work toward moving these schools to the next level in the coming year.”
“These results tell me that a solid foundation for our school reform initiative has been laid and we are already seeing results, even at this early stage”, said Mayo. “I anticipate more successes like these in more of our schools next year and, while there is much more hard work to be done, there is no stopping us now!”
The District aims to support every school in reaching AYP and move those on the needs improvement list to Safe Harbor and AYP. New Haven has four Elementary/Middle Schools that achieved AYP this year: Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School, Engineering & Science University Magnet School, Nathan Hale School and Worthington Hooker School. This is the first time reaching AYP for Betsy Ross and Nathan Hale. Engineering and Science has been open for two school years now and has made AYP both years. Sound School has achieved AYP in three of the last four years.
The District’s nationally recognized School Change Initiative takes meeting AYP into consideration as one of several measures used to assess the needs and strengths of the New Haven Schools. Other factors include test scores, the growth model established earlier this year which plots each schools movement and growth and results from the School Climate Surveys. The School Climate Survey is a tool used to collect feedback from teachers, students and parents to identify areas in each school that need improvement as they work toward positive change. In its first year, the School Climate Surveys showed that 80% of those surveyed are satisfied with their school. The Climate Surveys are just one example of the types of activity taking place in the district to address all angles of the education system as it strives for exponential growth and success.
“There is nothing more important than identifying the resources necessary to accomplish our School Change goals and ensure that New Haven children have the absolute best opportunities to succeed academically and in life,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “This year’s AYP results are promising and confirm that we’re moving in the right direction.”
These AYP results are in line with New Haven’s recent success with the CMTs and the strong growth among three cohorts in Math and Reading and across-the-board growth in all subject areas for the City’s sixth graders. These are all positive steps on the district’s path to becoming the best urban district in the country and reaching its goals of closing the achievement gap in five years, reducing the drop-out rate by half and ensuring that all graduates are prepared to be admitted to and successful in college.
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