FWCS sees AYP improvement - April 04, 2007

Record Number: 3103
Displayed from: Apr 04, 2007 , until: May 04, 2007

Fort Wayne Community Schools is making gains in meeting the stringent accountability standards set out by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Today, as Indiana releases the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) annual progress information for schools, FWCS is seeing 14 schools four more than last year meet the AYP mandates. But, that's not all of the good news: Two additional schools hit all performance targets (percent of students passing ISTEP+) for all student subgroups. They are Arlington and Indian Village elementary schools. Five schools missed making AYP because scores in just one subgroup fell below the mark. They are: Pleasant Center, Irwin, Harris and Waynedale elementary schools and Elmhurst High School. District-wide, all levels saw higher percentages of students passing ISTEP. Performance targets for elementary schools climbed from 75 to 86 percent; middle schools went up from 59 to 62 percent and high schools from 47 to 67 percent. "As a large urban district, we continue to work hard to meet the accountability demands of the NCLB legislation," said Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. "We applaud its goal of success for all students that has always been and will continue to be our top priority." AYP mandates spell success differently for large urban districts such as FWCS, which has to meet all criteria in 37 categories to be successful, but is labeled failing if it does not succeed in just one of those categories. AYP categories include student performance on ISTEP+, attendance rates and graduation rates. In addition, the categories are made up of individual cells for as many subgroups of students as are represented at each school. Subgroups include special education, limited English proficiency and ethnic groups. If one subgroup fails to miss the mark, the school is labeled as failing to make AYP. In fact, one school may have 24 subgroups and fail to meet standards in all of them; while another school may fail in only one of the 24. Yet, both schools would be labeled as not meeting AYP. Incidentally, there are a total of 37 cells possible. FWCS is one of only a few districts if not the only one that's diversity has students represented in each of those cells. That means FWCS has to meet AYP in more categories than any other district in the state and is still seeing an upward trend in student achievement. For example, 10 schools saw dramatic increases in the percent of students passing ISTEP, which is the ISTEP performance target. For example, this year Fairfield Elementary School made 12 of its 12 performance targets compared to last year's one of 14. And North Side High School hit 11 of its 12 performance targets, missing the 12th by one-half of a percent or one student. The district's schools that met AYP this year are: Abbett, Bunche, Brentwood, Croninger, Fairfield, Haley, Harrison Hill, Holland, Lindley, Price, St. Joseph Central, Scott, Washington and Washington Center elementary schools.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.