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Hicks: TCS makes AYP

Published 11:00pm Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Troy City Schools system made AYP for performance during the 2011-2012 school year..

“As a school system we made AYP,” Superintendent Lee Hicks said this week. “As a system, we’re happy with our results, but are we perfect yet? No.”

Hicks was referring to the reading scores for Charles Henderson Middle School.

“We have one red cell in special education reading at the middle school,” he said, adding that a red cell indicates the school failed to meet the performance benchmark in that subset or group.

Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP is a measurement defined by the United States federal “No Child Left Behind Act” that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests.

In the prior year, the Troy City Schools failed to make AYP in three areas: reading and math at Charles Henderson Middle School and reading at Troy Elementary School. “These areas saw significant improvement this year,” Hicks said.

And, in the one area that remained below the benchmarks, Hicks said the district already is working to address concerns.

“We’ve already sat down and had a meeting concerning that,” he said. “We’re talking about what we can do to better help those students and to figure out where we’re falling short.”

Hicks pointed to the progress made at the elementary school in reading performance and at the middle school in math performance as examples of the how the district has focused since last year to help students improve.

He also cited efforts within the state to change the performance measurement from AYP to another standard. “The issue many systems have regarding AYP is that you’re judging the whole school by few students.”

 

  • Omelas

    They have a Red block in Middle School Reading? Isn’t that two years in a row, putting CHMS in Year 1 School Improvement?

    It’s funny how Hicks emphasizes that the “system” made AYP, but makes no mention of one of the schools going into School Improvment. Hicks has more spin than the turbines in a jet engine.

    “Far from failing in its intended task, our educational system is in fact succeeding magnificently, because its aim is to keep the American people thoughtless enough to go on supporting the system.” –Richard Mitchell

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    • abc

      Good old Omelas! You never fail to seek the negative in anything relating to Troy University, Troy City Schools, or religion. So glad I saw your post today! It made me realize I forgot to thank you for the opportunity to teach my son a “life lesson” after one of your many negative comments caused him a lot of hurt. I was able to use that comment, along with spending about an hour on the computer showing him every recent comment you had made (there were many, and each of them very negative), to show him that some people are just unhappy, and trying to drag others down with them is the only thing they seem to enjoy. He was able to see what I was talking about after reading all of your many negative comments, so thank you.

      As for this article, I won’t go into it here, but do some research on No Child Left Behind and you will see that it is a flawed system. That’s why the Dept. of Ed. is most likely replacing it with a more feasible system of measuring a school’s success.

      Have a great day!

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      • Omelas

        Abc, have you ever found anything I’ve posted to be false? Have I ever posted statements of fact without backing them up with source material? If you are honest, the answer to both questions is “no”.

        As to AYP and NCLB: Yes, the system is flawed. Each state got to set their own standards for “proficiency”, and those standards are laughably low in Alabama. “The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Sec. 1111 (b)(F), requires that “each state shall establish a timeline for adequate yearly progress. The timeline shall ensure that not later than 12 years after the 2001-2002 school year, all students in each group described in subparagraph (C)(v) will meet or exceed the State’s standards.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adequate_Yearly_Progress)

        So, one of my “negative” comments causes your son, “a lot of hurt” and resulted in a “life lesson”? Perhaps the best life lesson he could get from my comments is that the truth sometimes hurts when we are confronted with reality.

        The only commnents I can think of that might potentially have “caused…hurt” to your son would be related to the mission trip/vacation to Belize; or perhaps he became disillusioned by football after reading my comments about knuckle dragging jocks. Either way, there were indeed important life lessons in those posts, though probably not the ones you found important.

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        • Omelas

          Oops! I forgot. Here is a tidbit of wisdom for you and your son:

          “Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.”–Sigmund Freud

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        • abc

          Yes you have posted a comment that was false and filled with assumptions, which were wrong. You had the audacity to post about something which you knew nothing about, and you “backed it up” with one of your many quotes. Again, irrelevant. I also know that you have to have the last word always, so I won’t be responding to your reply.

          However, your definition of NCLB from the very reputable Wikipedia did give me a laugh at the end of a long day. Have a great night!

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    • Observer

      Omelas: You really can’t blame Hicks for this report – he was here only for a short time when those tests were administered and it would not be fair to imply he impacted them one way or the other. It would be more nearly appropriate to examine the status of the school where he was principal for the last five years (Prattville). Prattville High got some blue maps, but according to the Montgomery Advertiser did not may AYP in the last year of his leadership there.

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      • Omelas

        Observer, I agree that Hicks is not entirely responsible for the scores. He hasn’t had time to significantly hasten the death of TCS yet. My complaint with him concerning the report is the positive spin he put on a terrible set of scores, without addressing a very real set of problems.

        From what I hear, most folks from Prattville who were not involved in sports would have happily helped him load the U-Haul truck headed to Troy. I guess CHHS will soon have some new trophies in the case, but the students may need someone to read the inscriptions for them.

        Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: “My sister’s expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt.” (1982)

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        • Observer

          I wouldn’t be too concerned about filling any trophy cases. Troy is the forth largest school in 4A and only 5.1 students away from being tied as the smallest 5A school with St Paul’s Episcopal. If they bring in students living in apartments, trailers or post office boxes and increase the enrollment Troy may only be in 4A for two years. Because of the way the AHSAA counts private school students, St Paul’s would have to lose only two or three students to drop down to 4A where that school would retire all the blue maps.

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  • Omelas

    abc,
    You claim that I have made a false statement, yet you have thus far declined to specify what I said that was false, let alone provide evidence to refute it. If emotional bluster is all you can offer, http://www.pogo.com has well-moderated games you can play. Discourse on public issues is for big boys and girls.

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    • Omelas

      You are correct that wikipedia is not always a good source, though what I quoted from there was a quote from the law itself. Here is the quote from from primary source material, Public Law 107–110, AKA The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001:

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      • Omelas

        continuing:

        Oh well, it seems the forum software will not let me paste the quote from the pdf. Her is the link to the primary source:
        Source: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/107-110.pdf

        It is of no concern to me whether you reply, unless of course you have evidence that I have stated something falsely or inaccurately, in which case I will gladly retract may statement in error.

        “You can’t create a monster, then whine when it stomps on a few buildings.”–Yeardley Smith

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        • OldSchoolPike3Worker

          Omelas, just give it up man. Your not going to win over the hearts and minds any of your fellow posters on The Troy Mess. I learned that a long time ago. May I suggest using this message board for the same reason that I do, as an outlet to vent my frustrations in the larger effort to preserve my sanity.

          Cheers

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