Commerce Schools were perfect when it came to meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) — and then some.
All city schools made AYP and three recently received recognition from the governor’s office of student achievement.
The Commerce Board of Education (BOE) was presented that news at its Thursday night meeting.
“We have four very, very good reasons to celebrate,” assistant superintendent Joy Tolbert said.
The awards were based on performance during the 2007-2008 school year.
Commerce High School earned the platinum award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a school for AYP accountability.
Platinum winners must make AYP for three consecutive years, have at least 35 percent of students exceed standards in all test areas and place in the 98th percentile in “greatest student achievement gains.”
Only nine high schools in the state can boast that distinction.
“The students and the teachers are the ones who deserve all the credit whenever we receive any kind of positive recognition,” CHS principal Donnie Drew said, adding that he felt that the high school students have worked hard every year, not just 2007-2008.
Commerce Elementary School achieved gold status, one of 13 elementary schools in the state to do so.
“Gold” schools must make AYP for two consecutive years — CES has made it three straight years — have at least 30 of students exceeding standards in test areas and place in the 97th percentile in greatest student achievement gains.
“Obviously, it’s good news for all of us,” CES principal David Cash said.
Commerce Primary School, which has made AYP for five-straight years, won the bronze award.
“I am so proud to say that Commerce Primary School has been making AYP for five consecutive years,” Tolbert said.
Bronze winners must remain above needs improvement status, demonstrate that at least 20 percent of students exceed standards in all test areas and have 95 percent of its students meet or exceed standards in testing areas.
Commerce Primary School was one of 33 elementary schools in the state to receive this award.
Commerce Middle School made AYP as well.
Virtually every teacher you talk to absolutely hates AYP, but in this case it looks like it is getting the desired result. The AYP standards are pushing teachers and schools to work harder and get up to par, and it seems the hard work is paying off. Objective performance standards such as this are necessary to ensure that teachers and schools are doing their jobs whether they like it or not. As a taxpayer, I like it.