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Athens schools stay consistent

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Athens City Schools stayed consistent in results on the Alabama accountability test released Monday by the state Department of Education.

Director of Curriculum Judy Davis said six of the seven schools made their Adequate Yearly Progress goals. She said the system improved its math and reading scores, and the high school's math scores were particularly impressive.

"The scores were all pretty good and pretty close to last year," Davis said.

Athens High School did not achieve AYP because its graduation rate dropped from 83 to 82 percent. Graduation rates measure the number of students graduated in 2004-05 in four years. The state said last year that Athens didn't make AYP because of its graduation rate, but the school system appealed and the state said later that it did meet its assigned goals.

"We really haven't analyzed the data yet to make sure it's accurate," Davis said.

Davis said Athens High's graduation rate goal was the only goal not met in the entire school system.

Superintendent Orman Bridges said he hasn't had time to analyze the test scores because teachers reported for the new school year Monday.

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