BLACKFOOT — Four of 10 schools in the Blackfoot School District met adequate yearly progress during the 2010-2011 school year, but three schools failed to meet AYP due to low participation levels among minority students and three failed to meet proficiency levels.
AYP is an academic benchmark states are required to set and report each year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. AYP is calculated based on results of the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT). The ISAT measures reading, mathematics and language usage in grades 3-8 and science in grades 5, 7 and 10.
Blackfoot School District failed to meet AYP. Individual school results were mixed, with the general population exceeding goals set—85.6 percent for reading and 83 percent in math—but minority sub-groups failing to demonstrate progress.
Fort Hall, Wapello and Stoddard Elementary schools and Blackfoot High School met AYP for the 2010-2011 school year.
Blackfoot Sixth Grade School, Mountain View Middle School and Independence High School failed to meet AYP. MVMS, which was granted "new school status" last year, is now in alert status. As a school, only 73.3 percent of students tested proficient in math. MVMS surpassed the goal for reading, but American Indian, Hispanic, Limited English Proficiency and economically disadvantaged students failed to meet the goal.
District Testing Coordinator Ryan Wilson said MVMS students likely tested below average because it is the first time there are enough students in each sub-group to be counted as part of the whole. He said MVMS is currently working on how to effectively meet the needs of the students in the sub-categories.
At the Sixth Grade School, Hispanic students and those with limited english proficiency did not make AYP.
Three schools—with all students testing above 90 percent—did not meet participation requirements in certain sub-groups, thus failing to meet AYP. Groveland, Ridge Crest and Stalker Elementary schools failed to test the required percentage of students with disabilities and/or those with limited english proficiency.
Wilson said schools may invalidate test scores for various reasons, and because of the small student populations in the individual sub-groups, one or two invalidated tests resulted in the failure to test the required percentage of students.
In 2009-2010, Fort Hall, Ridge Crest and Stalker Elementary schools met AYP.
AYP results for each school and district are available online at www.sde.idaho.gov .