36 of 61 Chesterfield schools make AYP

Of Chesterfield County’s 61 public schools, 36, including nine Title I elementary schools, made adequate yearly progress as defined by federal law, according to information from Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Nearly 97 percent of the time, Chesterfield’s existing schools exceeded the annual measurable objectives – a total of 1,756 categories – identified by the federal government under No Child Left Behind, a press release from the school system says. To be classified as making adequate yearly progress, a school division or school must meet annual measurable objectives in each of 29 categories, it says.

Nine Chesterfield schools missed making AYP by falling short in just one category, according to the school system. Fifteen schools did not make AYP because the federal government made changes to the No Child Left Behind Act in February. The school division is appealing the AYP status of Providence Elementary, the release says.

Schools designated as making adequate yearly progress are: Bellwood, Bensley, Beulah, Bon Air, Chalkley, Crestwood, Curtis, A.M. Davis, Ecoff, Enon, Falling Creek, Gates, Gordon, Grange Hall, Greenfield, Harrowgate, Hopkins, Jacobs Road, Marguerite Christian, Matoaca, Reams Road, Robious, Salem Church, Scott, Smith, Swift Creek, Watkins, Weaver, Wells, Winterpock and Woolridge elementary schools; Midlothian Middle School; and Chesterfield Community, Cosby, James River and Midlothian high schools.

Chesterfield County Public Schools’ overall pass rates of 91 percent in English and 90 percent in mathematics continue to surpass state averages on Standards of Learning tests, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education.

Chesterfield’s overall pass rates on the state-mandated math tests increased to 90 percent from 88 percent last year, a the release says. No Child Left Behind-identified subgroups made gains in math, led by a 6.4 percentage-point increase for economically disadvantaged students, the release says. During the past five years, Chesterfield’s overall mathematics pass rates have increased by 13 percentage points, it says.

Student pass rates on state-mandated reading tests remained stable, going from 91.7 in 2009 to 91.2 percent in 2010, it says.

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