PUBLISHED: 12:19 PM on Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Juneau School District's Preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) List Points Out Strengths and Weaknesses
A preliminary analysis of Juneau students' performance on state assessments reveals that four of the six Juneau School District elementary schools and the Juneau Community Charter School met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in all of the AYP targets and other performance indicators that are set by the state following the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Juneau schools that met AYP were Auke Bay Elementary, Gastineau Elementary, Glacier Valley Elementary, Juneau Community Charter School, and Riverbend Elementary. The district's initial analysis of assessment data reveals similar strengths and weaknesses across all district school regardless of whether or not AYP was met. In Juneau the performance of English language learners, students with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged and Alaska Natives continue to be areas where collective efforts and interventions are required.

When looking at the data, one must look beyond, "Yes, this school met AYP," or "No, this school did not meet AYP." School officials, teachers, parents and community partners need to examine assessment results closely to discover the successes and strengths in addition to pinpointing where progress needs to be made. Each school, whether meeting AYP or not, can improve though each may have very different areas of need for improvement.

This, and more detailed evaluative information, will remain a focal point of the district's efforts to make informed decisions that lead to improve student performance and attainment of standards. These data will be incorporated in the Board Student Achievement Report, the Site and District Accountability Plans and all of the site improvement plans. The district is committed to continuous improvement and to data-based decision making and embraces the challenge to ensure that all students are able to succeed.

For more information please contact Philip Loseby at 523-1721 or