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WCPS Meets AYP Across the System; Graduation & Dropout Rates Improve Once Again

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 21, 2009) – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) today released the complete 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results declaring that Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) has achieved AYP across the system and at every school. WCPS achieved “System” AYP in all 20 assessed areas, the high school level met AYP standards in all 17 assessed areas and, as previously released, WCPS elementary and middle schools achieved AYP in all 19 assessed areas.

AYP is the federal standard under No Child Left Behind that all school systems must meet in order to be at 100 percent proficiency by 2014.

WCPS is one of only four school systems in Maryland to make AYP in all elementary, middle and high schools.

“I’m very proud of our entire school system for working as a team to achieve this great success,” said Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, WCPS superintendent. “These kinds of results are only possible because of the dedicated collaboration of staff and a complete focus on children’s needs. However, although we celebrate today, we know that there is room to grow and more work to be done to be at 100 percent proficiency by 2014.”

 A state statistical standard, Annual Measurable Objective (AMO), is used to determine AYP. All WCPS high schools achieved reading pass rates of 83 percent or above, far exceeding the state AMO target of 65.8 percent, while WCPS high schools achieved math pass rates at or above 92 percent, well above the state AMO target of 56.1 percent.

Further, after setting graduation and dropout records last year, WCPS has surpassed those results with this year’s success. The system has set a new, record-high high school graduation rate of 91.53 percent and a record-low dropout rate of 1.56 percent, capping off a successful 2009. Both percentages are above average in a state that is already performing at a very high level.

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