For the second year, Georgetown ISD did not meet Adequate Yearly Performance requirements, and although the district as a whole did not meet the standard, 68 percent of the district's campuses did meet AYP requirements.
More than 70 percent of school districts in the state did not meet the standard.
The Texas Education Agency released the 2011–12 AYP statuses for school districts and campuses in Texas on Aug. 8. The AYP is the federal performance measure for No Child Left Behind, which sets performance standards based on testing data for schools and districts throughout the United States.
“The system is so broken that 44 states have opted out of the federal NCLB program. Texas has chosen not to apply for the waiver to opt out of this program,” Superintendent Joe Dan Lee said in a letter. “If 10 [percent] to 20 percent of students in a classroom failed an exam, we would provide intervention, different instructional strategies, etc. to assist those students in need; if 72 percent of students in a classroom failed an exam, we would look at the exam.”
The district will enter Stage 1 improvement requirements, which require the district to notify parents about the situation and create a district plan to meet the future standards, GISD Assessment Director Becky McCoy said.
"The thing about it now that we are almost at the end [of the standards increasing to 100 percent], is the realization that its going to be difficult, if not impossible for any school to reach that 100 percent standard in reading and mathematics," McCoy said.
NCLB standards reflect the results from the third through eighth grade State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test and 10th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test from the 2011–12 school year. To comply with federal standards, 87 percent of students tested and the same amount for six student classification groups must pass the reading test, and 83 percent must pass the math portion.
In Georgetown ISD, 92 percent of all students passed the reading/English language arts portion, and 90 percent passed the math portion. However, in the reading portion, 86 percent of Hispanic and 73 percent of special education students passed the test. In the math portion, 69 percent of special education students passed the test.
“Ninety-two percent of all GISD students met the NCLB [reading/English language arts] standards, even though the rigor of the exam increased,” Lee said. “A 92 percent passage rate is not failing. Very few [districts] in Texas can boast of that success. Our classroom teachers are to be commended for outstanding performance that insured the success of our students.”