5 schools meet progress goals
The successful status appeals mean 100 Hawaii schools hit federal benchmarks
Five out of 18 schools changed their preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress status under the No Child Left Behind law from "not met" to "met" with successful appeals, the state Department of Education reported.
This raises the total number of schools meeting AYP in 2005-06 from 95 to 100 -- three more than last year, the DOE said.
The latest schools to change their standing are Haaheo Elementary, Pohakea Elementary, Wheeler Middle, Kihei High Public Charter School and Kua O Ka La Public Charter School.
Final results show 182 schools, or 64.5 percent, did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress status; 110 or 39 percent are in "good standing"; and 172 or 61 percent are at some level of No Child Left Behind improvement status.
Whether a school reaches Adequate Yearly Progress targets determines whether the school is in compliance with the No Child Left Behind law, which requires escalating levels of change at schools that repeatedly miss AYP.
The AYP targets are based on the performance of students in grades 3-8 and 10 on the Hawaii State Assessment administered each spring. This year, 44 percent of a school's students had to test "proficient" on the Hawaii State Assessment, and 30 percent in math, to meet AYP. Individual categories of students -- such as the economically disadvantaged, English-language learners and special-needs children -- must meet the same percentages for the whole school to meet AYP. The percentages will rise steadily to 100 percent in 2014.