AYP big topic at Richmond County BOE meeting

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News 12 at 11 o'clock, July 17, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Tonight, the Richmond County school board had its first meeting since their schools' report cards came out.

There was a lot of talk about the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. 17 Richmond County schools didn't make AYP this year.

Superintendent for Instruction Virginia Bradshaw said the math tests really caught Richmond County high school students off guard.

At least one board member called for action, while another called for a better explanation for parents.

"Dr. Bradshaw, you need to come in here with a concrete plan," said board member Venus Cain.

"We need to write a paper and say, 'This looks really bad, but it's probably not as bad as it looks when you understand how we're being measured'," said board member Frank Dolan.

Mr. Dolan added he thinks the school district gets a bad rap from the community, and that filters to real estate agents, who take people to Columbia County and other school districts.

Board member Helen Minchew also said Richmond County should look to other urban areas that have higher-achieving schools than Richmond County does.

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