Three high schools in Jackson County failed to meet the initial determination of AYP this year due in part to having graduation rates below 85 percent. In addition, one middle school also missed the AYP mark.
Jackson County Comprehensive High School, East Jackson Comprehensive High School and Commerce High School all missed the 85 percent graduation rate threshold. That level was moved up from a required 80 percent last year.
CHS’s graduation rate in 2011 was 84.3 percent, just below the requirement to meet AYP. The school had the same graduation rate in 2010 and made AYP.
Although JCCHS’s graduation rate rose from 83.5 percent in 2010 to 84.2 percent in 2011, the school was also placed on the initial list of schools failing to meet AYP.
EJCHS’s graduation rate dropped from 85.2 percent last year to 81.2 percent this year.
JCCHS also failed to meet AYP because of its students’ performance on the Georgia High School Graduation Test, according to data on the state department of education’s website.
On the English/Language Arts portion of the test, the passing rate was too low to meet AYP among all JCCHS students and those who are designated as economically disadvantaged. On the math portion, not enough economically disadvantaged students passed the test for the school to make AYP.
West Jackson Middle School also failed to make AYP for having too many students with disabilities failing to pass the math portion of the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). The state required that 75.7 percent of students pass that test, but only 64 percent of students with disabilities passed at WJMS.