Under the accountability provisions in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - formerly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) -- all public schools are evaluated for AYP. The reports are categorized by whole school and numerous student groups based on ethnicity and student demographics and based on the following criteria.
Schools receive a "yes" or "no" distinction in each of 40 different categories of achievement. A "no" in any one of the 40 categories will cause the school to be identified as not having made AYP for the year. For example, if a school is achieving above the benchmark levels in 39 areas, but falls short in one, the school will be identified as having not made AYP.
If you want to learn more about AYP, continue reading the information below developed by the Assessment and Evaluation Department.
Statistics for determining AYP are based on school averages in 3rd -6th grades in elementary, 7th -8th in intermediate schools, and 10th-12th grade in high schools. The criteria are measured at a whole school level as well as 9 subgroups: (1) Asian, (2) African American, (3) American Indian, (4) Caucasian, (5) Hispanic, (6) Pacific Islander, (7) Economically Disadvantaged, (8) Limited English Proficient, and (9) Students with Disabilities. AYP is determined only for subgroups with 10 or more students continuously enrolled from Sept. 15 to the date of the test at a school.
A school must have a “yes” in both subjects (Language Arts and Math), whole school and 9 subgroups to make AYP. If any criteria are not met for the whole school in any subgroup the school does not make AYP. If a Title 1 school has a “NO” for Language Arts or Math, (whole school or any subgroup) it will be in “alert” status the first year. If a Title 1 school is identified in the same subject area (Language Arts or Math) for two consecutive years, it moves to “program improvement” status, which requires the district to offer choice to families.