The following are excerpts from various articles covering yesterdays announcement by Georgia state schools superintendent Kathy Cox that the number of schools meeting state defined adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks for the 2003-2004 school year has increased:
"More than 78 percent of Georgia schools this year met the progress standards of the federal No Child Left Behind law -- a 14 percent increase over last year -- education officials announced Monday [at Perkerson Elementary School in Atlanta]. Bolstered by dramatic gains in the number of students taking the states accountability test, 1,583 of the 2,028 schools tested met the laws goals on tests, attendance minimums and other standards. In all, 385 schools that failed to meet the laws standards last year made adequate yearly progress this year, according to state Department of Education statistics. "
"These outstanding results were possible because Georgia educators worked hard and focused like never before, said Cox, surrounded by balloons and colorful banners in the schools library. Instead of making excuses, they accepted the challenge presented by some very tough accountability standards and made real progress."
"Perkerson was one of three Atlanta public schools that met federal laws standards for two years in a row, removing themselves from Georgias needs-improvement list after several years of failing to make the standard." - The Associated Press (7-26-04)
"Fourteen points is a big increase in one year, [said] Gov. Sonny Perdue, who also spoke during Mondays event. Sixty-four to 78 is a big deal, and it deserves to be celebrated. " - Gwinnett Daily Post (7-27-04)
" Todays results show that when we set high standards in education, clearly define the level of performance we expect, and match those standards with real accountability, then our teachers, our schools and our students will meet the challenge, Gov. Sonny Perdue said in a statement." -
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