Under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, these schools must make adequate yearly progress
in meeting state-specific targets for proficiency in math and reading, with the goal of ensuring that all students are proficient in math and reading by 2014.
In Michigan, a state that is about two years ahead in reporting, 85 percent of 133 schools under restructuring improved to meet Adequate Yearly Progress
in one year, according to the Center on Education Policy.
At the heart of both bills was a detailed formula for determining when a school is making "adequate yearly progress
." The consequences for schools that failed to meet their performance targets were progressively severe-after one year, districts would be required to offer public school choice to all the students in a school; after several years, districts would be required to replace school staff, convert the school into a public charter school, or hand the school over to a private contractor.
According to Section 2141(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), local education agencies (LEAs) that fail to meet annual measurable objectives and make adequate yearly progress
(AYP) for three consecutive years must enter into an agreement with the state education agency (SEA) to determine the most effective use of Title II, Part A funds.
In the meantime, the district was one of only 10 counties throughout West Virginia where every one of its schools met adequate yearly progress
A policy recommendation regarding data used for making Adequate Yearly Progress
(AYP) is also presented in this paper.
school districts, about 16% of all schools and 20% of all school districts did not make adequate yearly progress
based on 2004-05 testing.
States Test Limits of Federal AYP Flexibility, released last fall by the Center on Education Policy, and The Unraveling of No Child Left Behind: How Negotiated Changes Transform the Law, released in February by The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, explain that individual states are changing their accountability plans to essentially get more flexibility in meeting adequate yearly progress
The purpose of this paper is to present an overview regarding how several states use a performance or proficiency index in their determination of adequate yearly progress
(AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
But National Education Association President Reg Weaver says that more schools failed to achieve adequate yearly progress
under NCLB in 2005-06 than any other year.
While the region lags the state in WKCE test scores and schools making adequate yearly progress
, it exceeds the state in ACT scores and AP test scores.
In November, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced a pilot program to let up to 10 states use growth models to determine Adequate Yearly Progress
. Many states and lobbyists have requested this approach.