CCSA Answers: Components of Adequate Yearly Progress

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November 10, 2011

Question: Under NCLB a school either makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) or it does not. What are the components of this measure?

Answer: There are four components that determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP): (1) Participation Rate in ELA and Math, (2) Percent Proficient in ELA and Math, (3) API Growth, and (4) Graduation Rate (for high schools only). See this chart illustrating these four components and related percentages.

The following are some important points to keep in mind about the AYP components:

  1. Participation Rate - The 95 percent required participation rate in the percentage of students tested in order to make AYP, may be altered for schools with less than 100 51 students.
  2. Percent Proficient - If a school has more than 100 valid test scores, the percent proficient is calculated for subgroups that are numerically significant. (This means 100 or more students with valid test scores, or 50 or more students with valid test scores that make up at least 15 percent of the total valid scores.) Schools with less than 100 valid scores have adjusted Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO's) to account for their small number of test scores and none of the subgroups are considered numerically significant.
  3. API - Progress on the API is defined differently for AYP requirements than for the state API requirements.
  4. Graduation Rate - As of 2010, if a high school does not meet the 90 percent rate, it may either meet the Fixed Growth Target or the Variable Growth Target.

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