Improved AYP Results for Madison City Schools

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Thursday, the State Department of Education handed out grades for individual schools.  Madison City Schools had improvements over last year -- every single one made AYP.

Robby Parker is entering his 25th year working at Bob Jones High School.  It will be his eighth year in charge.  Parker is now responsible for making sure his school makes Adequate Yearly Progress.

"It is very challenging to do that and almost at times impossible," said Parker.

Getting AYP status at Bob Jones means having 95 percent of students in one category pass.  Parker's school was required to meet goals in 28 categories.

"I can't imagine anybody in the state having any more," said Parker.  "Looking around in the city and county, I can't see anybody even close."

The Alabama Board of Education says Parker and his Patriots met all requirements.  The school didn't do so well last year.   It failed AYP based on data relating to students with special needs.

Parker says he and his teachers focused on each student and their weaknesses to achieve AYP this time around.

"We know their test scores.  We know when they are struggling, so immediately put them in specific classes to target their disabilities and challenges," said Parker.