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 Article of Interest - Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

Adequate Yearly Progress Success Stories!

Released by the Michigan Dept. of Education, April 15, 2003

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Fairview Elementary School – Lansing Public Schools
Tara Fry, principal, 517-325-6784

For the second consecutive school year, Lansing’s Fairview Elementary achieved adequate yearly progress (AYP). Prior to that, the building had been identified for improvement in 2000 – 01 since it had not met minimal AYP targets for two consecutive years.

Fairview Principal Tara Fry, who has been the school’s principal for two years, said she and staff “studied achievement data a lot.” A gap analysis of Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) data was completed to target specific areas of weakness.

Fry said many of strategies implemented at Fairview are easily adaptable at most schools because they utilize resources already in place.

“One of the most helpful things we did was align the Fairview’s curriculum to the state standards,” Fry said. “Through small group work and one-on-one instruction, we were able to target students that needed the most help, and give them that little area push they needed to succeed.
 
Crary Elementary School – Detroit Public Schools
Denise Powell, principal, 313-852-0612

For the first time in 2000-01 and again in 2001-02, Crary Elementary School met AYP goals. Crary had been identified for improvement in 1997-98, and for corrective action in 1999-00.

Crary Principal Denise Powell attributes the school’s success to beginning with a simple vision and clearly communicating the school’s goals to all educational stakeholders in the community, including staff, parents, and citizens.

“We built a foundation very early, with our second and third graders receiving intensive instruction in mathematics, reading, and science,” Powell said. “By being consistent with our curricular expectations, we have seen rapid improvement in our test scores. But most importantly, our student are realizing that what they learn in school matters.”

Crary staff analyzed Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores to adjust reading, math, and science curriculums. Additionally, Crary educators also made building modifications to ensure that teachers could deliver quality instruction in the best educational environment the school could provide.

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