Locally, 67 of 129 schools met the targets but no local school division made AYP as a whole. Both Surry and Mathews County met AYP goals at all of their schools, but the divisions themselves did not meet AYP targets. Only 12 of 132 school divisions in the state made AYP, 48 fewer than last year.
Pass rate targets were 79.1 percent in math and 81.1 percent in English. Last year, schools had to meet 79 or 81 percent in those categories.
Statewide, 1,104 of 1,836 schools met AYP on state math and English tests, 217 fewer than last year. Results were based on how students performed in 2009-2010.
Also different this year, states were not allowed to add 2 percentage points to the test scores of students with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education had allowed that practice since 2005 in recognition of limited testing options for some of those students.
"The aggressive objective for graduation set by the Board of Education and the change in federal special education policy were factors as the number of schools and divisions making AYP declined – even though overall achievement was steady in reading and up in mathematics," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright in a statement.
Two schools in Hampton and six in Newport News barely missed making AYP by missing the required pass rate by a tenth of a percent or less.
The annual achievement goals are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which provides funds and support for low income and academically at-risk students. The AYP benchmarks increase each year until 2014 when all students are expected to pass the tests.
Schools and districts must report AYP results for all students as well as subgroups. Schools that fail to meet the targets two or more years in a row are subject to sanctions that range from offering students transfers to better performing schools to reorganizing or closing schools.
Here's how the local school districts fared with the achievement goals:
Twenty-four of 38 Newport News schools failed to meet AYP goals this year. Among the Newport News schools that did not meet standards were 14 elementary schools, five middle schools and four high schools.
Last year, four elementary schools, six middle schools and two high schools missed the pass rate targets.
As a division, Newport News Public Schools did not make AYP in reading for subgroups of students, including black, low income, English language learners, and students with disabilities, according to a statement from school officials. The district also did not meet the graduation rate target.
Seven schools missed AYP targets because a single subgroup missed a target.
The following schools did not make the targets: Sanford, Sedgefield, Yates, Richneck, Achievable Dream Academy, B. C. Charles, Dutrow, Hidenwood, Epes, Marshall, Kiln Creek, Palmer, Magruder, and Newsome Park elementary schools; B.T. Washington, Crittenden, Gildersleeve, Huntington and Dozier middle schools; and Denbigh, Heritage, Warwick, Woodside high schools.
Eight of Hampton's 30 schools hit achievement targets this year, down from 19 of 34 last year. None of the five middle schools or four high schools met the goals.