Crofton’s four Anne Arundel County public elementary schools and one middle school met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets.
The attendance rates were also more than 90 percent for Crofton Middle School and the following elementary schools: Crofton, Meadows, Crofton Woods and Nantucket.
Here is a link to the Crofton Elementary School 2011 Maryland Report Card for all students.
Here is a link to the Crofton Meadows Elementary School 2011 Maryland Report Card for all students.
Here is a link to the Crofton Woods Elementary School 2011 Maryland Report Card for all students.
Here is a link to the Nantucket Elementary School 2011 Maryland Report Card for all students.
Here is a link to the Crofton Middle School 2011 Maryland State Report Card for all students.
Given annually to students in grades three through eight, the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is designed to measure a student’s proficiency in reading and math. The MSA was created to line up with federal guidelines for the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act and all schools are expected to be 100 percent proficient by 2014. AYP data for high schools will be released this fall.
Throughout the county, schools saw MSA scores rise across student groups, but the number of elementary and middle schools meeting state AYP targets fell for the second year in a row, according a press release from Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS). The release is based on data from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) that was made available Wednesday.
Of the 100 elementary, middle, charter and special schools in Anne Arundel County, 24 did not make AYP this year. Seven of the county’s 19 middle schools made AYP this year, including Crofton Middle (which did not make AYP last year). However, only 67 of the county’s 78 elementary schools made AYP in 2011—five fewer than last year.
“The standards continue to rise, and as the proficiency standard approaches 100 percent, we are seeing schools that had long been above the bar fall below it,” AACPS Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell said in the release. “That is the case not just in our county, but across the state. The challenge for us, and for all districts, is to address the individual issues that exist at schools quickly so that our schools do not move into the School Improvement Process, but rather move above the bar for good.”
Thirteen schools have been placed in a local monitoring phase in the process, which means AACPS staff will work with these schools to improve students’ performance. It is the first time many of these schools have not made AYP but all of them have made AYP for at least the last two years, said schools spokesman Bob Mosier
The schools in the local monitoring phase are Broadneck, George T. Cromwell, Glen Burnie Park, Hebron-Harman, High Point, Jacobsville, Maryland City, Oakwood, Rippling Woods, Seven Oaks and Van Bokkelen elementary schools and Magothy River and Old Mill South middle schools.
If schools continue to miss targets, they advance to other phases of the process until they make AYP two years in a row. The final phase, after two levels of school improvement and corrective action, is restructuring.
Eleven schools that did not make AYP this year are in various phases of the School Improvement Process: Arundel, Chesapeake Bay, MacArthur, Meade, George Fox, Marley, Corkran, Old Mill North, Annapolis and Brooklyn Park middle schools and the J. Albert Adams Academy special school.
Southern and Wiley H. Bates middle schools are in different phases of school improvement but made AYP this year. If they make AYP again next year, they will no longer be in the School Improvement Process.
According to the release, there were sharp gains among special education students with middle school passing scores rising 5.7 points in reading and 5.3 points in math, and elementary school passing scores rising by 3.4 points in math and 2 points in reading.
"Our school system's dedication to maximizing meaningful access and promoting accelerated learning through differentiated instruction is evident in these assessment results," said AACPS Director of Special Education Mary Tillar. "Our educators and employees should be commended for their efforts in promoting educational excellence by believing in the unlimited potential of every single child.”