2011 AYP Report for Huntsville City Schools

Huntsville City Schools had 13 schools that did not, for various reasons, achieve their Adequate Yearly Progress goals for the 2010-2011 school year. The list includes the following schools:

  • SR Butler High School
  • Chapman Middle School
  • Columbia High School
  • The Seldon Center
  • Huntsville High School
  • Huntsville Middle School
  • JO Johnson High School
  • Lakewood Elementary School
  • University Place Elementary School
  • Grissom High School
  • Westlawn Middle School
  • Whitesburg Middle School
  • Huntsville Center for Technology

On a positive note, Huntsville City also had 34 schools that did achieve their Adequate Yearly Progress goals. This list includes:

  • Blossomwood Elementary School
  • Academy for Academics and Arts
  • Challenger Elementary School
  • Challenger Middle School
  • Chapman Elementary School
  • Community Intensive Treatment Youth
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School
  • Academy for Science and Foreign Language
  • Davis Hills Middle School
  • Edward White Middle School
  • Farley Elementary School
  • Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School
  • Hampton Cove Elementary School
  • Hampton Cove Middle School
  • Highlands Elementary School
  • Jones Valley Elementary School
  • Lee High School
  • Louis J. Morris Elementary School
  • McDonnell Elementary School
  • Monte Sano Elementary School
  • Monteview Elementary School
  • Mountain Gap Elementary School
  • Mountain Gal Middle School
  • Providence Elementary School
  • Providence Middle School
  • Ridgecrest Elementary School
  • Roger B. Chaffee Elementary School
  • Rolling Hills Elementary School
  • Weatherly Heights Elementary School
  • West Mastin Lake Elementary School
  • Whitesburg Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Williams Middle School
  • New Century Technology High School

You may view all of the lists for Huntsville and the entire state at the Alabama State Department of Education.

Since it’s really late, I’m not going to get into the debate over the efficacy of state mandated testing (or God-forbid, federal testing, of which the AYP is a part). But just for the record, developing effective means of evaluating programs is not a strong suit of the federal government. They should leave that to the professionals.

I’m just curious if anyone else noticed what I noticed about the “passing” list?

Here, maybe this will help.


That’s right, 26% of the schools on the “good” list are named in the Demographer’s Report for closure.

Interesting no? Where would our system be without those schools?


More to come concerning the AYP results soon, but in closing let me say this: To all the teachers who worked their rears off last year in all of our schools (both lists included), thank you.


Without your selfless dedication to teaching, even in impossible situations where you are being attacked from every side, stripped of funding and resources, and relentlessly mocked, our system, our city, and our nation would have imploded long ago.

Thank you for refusing to just “teach to the test.”

Thank you for loving our children even when they’re little snots (or big ones).

Thank you for teaching our children even when parents won’t help.

Thank you for remaining committed to our children even when the local, state and federal governments refuse to give you the resources you need and then criticize you for not doing more.

We know how hard you work to make the world a better place, and we appreciate it.

Despite my fears and concerns about the coming year, I know that you continue, every day, to work to make a difference in the lives we’re entrusting to you.

And so I say thank you to the teachers of all 47 schools on this list. Thank you.

"Children see magic because they look for it." --Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Jesus' childhood pal.