Molokai has two of the six schools that met Adequate Yearly Progress in Maui County for the 2010-2011 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Less than half the number of schools as last year met AYP in the Maui Complex. Many attribute this decrease to the higher benchmarks set in the law. Last year 58 percent of a school’s students needed to be proficient in reading compared to 72 percent this year. In math, the threshold increased from 46 percent to 64 percent in order to meet AYP. Those schools that do not meet these federal standards can be downgraded and placed in a “restructuring” status.
At Kilohana Elementary on Molokai’s East End, the school was lifted to a status of “unconditional good standing” from “good standing, pending” after meeting these new benchmarks. The only other Maui school to see its status upgraded was Kula Elementary.
Maintaining its status of “unconditional good standing” by meeting AYP was Maunaloa Elementary on Molokai’s West End. The only other Maui schools placed in this category, besides Kula, were Paia Elementary, Pukalani Elementary and Kamalii Elementary.
Kualapuu Elementary, the only charter school on Molokai and the island’s largest elementary school, did not meet AYP this year. Because it had been in good standing from previous years, it is now in the “good standing, pending” category along with Kaunakakai Elementary.
Both Molokai Middle School and Molokai High School failed, again, to meet AYP. They both stay in the “restructuring” category, which means the schools can be subject to major interventions, including the hiring of outside consultants.