Klein ISD Receives 2012 AYP Results
Many campuses show improvements district wide from 2011 data
Aug. 8, 2012— The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released its preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report for the 2011-12 school year, which included an increase in performance standards. Of the 39 eligible Klein ISD campuses, 74 percent (29 schools) met AYP status. Across Texas, 44.2 percent of public schools evaluated met the AYP standard. Blackshear Elementary was not rated in 2011-12 because it was the first year the school was opened.
Under the federal school accountability program in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, all public school campuses, school districts, and the state are evaluated annually. AYP is based upon several different components including performance and participation in the areas of reading/English language arts (ELA) and math. The other indicator measured is graduation (for high schools and districts) or attendance rates (for elementary and middle/intermediate schools).
"I am pleased with the number of campuses that met AYP this year as our data has indicated consistent, district-wide improvement each year," noted Dr. Jim Cain, Klein ISD superintendent. "As we have done in the past, our teachers, administrators and support staff will work together to examine the scores carefully and develop plans to remediate any areas that need improvement."
The performance standard established for the 2012 AYP was 87 percent passing in reading and 83 percent passing in math. This is an increase of seven percent in reading and eight percent in math from the 2011 AYP standard. The participation standard was 95 percent, while the graduation rate was 75 percent for four years, or 80 percent for five years. By 2014, these federal standards rise to 100 percent on the math and reading/ELA.
Districts and campuses can meet AYP by reaching the standard or by demonstrating the required amount of improvement. AYP ratings addressed all students as a group in 2012, including six subgroups (African American, Hispanic, White, economically disadvantaged, special education and limited English proficient (LEP) for a total of seven groups that must meet all established standards. For the first time, graduation rates were evaluated for all students and each of the subgroups.
Klein ISD missed AYP in reading/ELA for the special education and LEP subgroups as the district exceeded the federal cap, which limits the number of students who can be counted as proficient on the modified or alternative version of the test.
“The campus Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee determines annually which tests students should take to be appropriately assessed based upon a set of guidelines,” added Cain. “In Klein ISD's case, the number of special education students reached the federal cap and those students beyond the established limit are considered to have failed the test, even if in reality they achieved a passing score.”
The district also fell short of meeting AYP in math, as results showed Klein ISD narrowly missed the standard in the African American subgroup by three percent (standard 83 percent), and again in the special education subgroup. In evaluating the graduation rate standard, Klein ISD missed AYP in the special education subgroup (71.7 percent in this subgroup graduated in four years, 79.2 percent in five years).
"We were encouraged to see several campuses have positive growth in many areas, even the campuses that did not make AYP," said Dr. Susan Borg, associate superintendent for instruction and student services. "Looking to the future, campuses will begin making adjustments to their campus improvement plans to address areas of need based on the data we received from the State."
TEA will release final 2012 AYP statuses in December. For more information visit the TEA website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ayp. For Frequently Asked Questions about Klein ISD and AYP, click here. For Frequently Asked Questions about AYP in general, click here.