FWCS makes Adequate Yearly Progress - October 07, 2010

Record Number: 6683
Displayed from: Oct 07, 2010 , until: Apr 30, 2011

Fort Wayne Community Schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the first time since the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted in 2001. Preliminary results, based on data from the 2008-09 school year and results from the spring 2010 ISTEP+ exams, show that FWCS met either the identified targets or safe harbor for at least one level (elementary, middle or high school) with every subgroup. We are proud that as a district we met this measure under the No Child Left Behind Act, Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. We believe that our focus on individualizing instruction for each student is the major contributor to our making AYP. For several years, FWCS has used testing data to provide teachers with information they need to deliver the personalized and precise instruction to each student. Teachers can pinpoint exactly where each child is achieving and where he or she needs additional instruction. Such specialized instruction has required making sure teachers have the training they need to lead successful classrooms. While the results are positive, they are still preliminary as the state works to clean up the data. Individual school results are not yet available, as some schools are in the process of making appeals to the state. As of today, 22 of the district's schools appear to have made AYP, and district officials are closely examining 10 more for possible appeals. These results show that while we still have a ways to go, we have the tools in place to move in the right direction as an entire district, Dr. Robinson said. We will continue our emphasis on personalization, precision and professional development so we can maintain this upward trend. To make AYP, the district as a whole and individual subgroups had to meet the state targets on the English/language arts and math portions of the ISTEP+ exams as well as attendance rates. AYP can also be made by meeting safe harbor, which means the number of students in any category not meeting performance targets is reduced by 10 percent. FWCS made AYP through a combination of meeting targets and safe harbor.

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.