All schools in Jackson County made Adequate Yearly Progress this year except for Jackson County Comprehensive High School.
The AYP results, released Tuesday, cover all three school systems and schools in Jackson County.
JCCHS did not make AYP due to having the county Regional Evening School data included in its numbers. The RES data pulled down JCCHS’ graduation rate below the state threshold of 75 percent. The combined RES and JCCHS rate was just 71 percent. JCCHS by itself would have been 78 percent.
The Adequate Yearly Progress report is produced annually, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The AYP report tells the public how each school and school system did in meeting academic objectives as well as other information.
AYP for elementary and middle schools is largely determined by CRCT results. High school results use other criteria.
My son was a student at JCCHS this past year. At the midpoint of the first quarter, he was not passing one out of 4 classes. He was sent to Gordon Street Regional HS in spite of both his and my asking the principal and "graduation coach" to reconsider. Mr. McGhee's only concern was the the high school had to make AYP this year. I expressed my concern that if my son was sent to Gordon Street that he would not finish. He felt as if he were being kicked out and in actuality , he was. Well, again, in spite of all my pleading, threats, etc, he did not finish school. In his eyes, he failed and could never make himself see that he had another chance. He was told at Gordon Street in March, that if he quit now, that he could always come back in August. Well, that can't happen now since Gordon Street closed. I've tried to get him into the "exclusive" alternative programs being offered at the high schools this coming year, but he has been turned down. If this is how Jackson County high schools advises it's students, then I'm not surprised that AYP is a problem as well as the high drop out rate. My son is not blameless, neither am I. But he was not treated fairly at JCCHS and as a result of not being given a fair chance by "coaches" who should encourage their students, he is one of the drop out statistics of Jackson County. Again, in response to Dr. Adams' articles and messages, I am not surprised that JCCHS is having trouble making AYP and improving their graduation rate. If the same kind of administration is at EHCHS, then I'm sure their rates will be similar. It's sad that our Elementary schools and middle schools do such a fantastic job with support and instruction and then the students are treated like this in high school, all because an administrator is afraid of losing his job because of a number. In my opinion, his high salary as well as the graduation coach's could be well spent elsewhere.
Wow, what a delema. Have you thought of home schooling him for the rest of his schooling? It seems there are plenty more options available to you but maybe you're giving up too easy.
Quitters never win and winners never quit. Don't let your boy start out his adult life a quitter. Keep fighting.