ERIC Number: ED478280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The ABCs of "AYP": Raising Achievement for All Students.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This guide summarizes the accountability requirements of Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), presenting a five-step process to help states decide whether schools are making adequate yearly progress (AYP): states determine what all students should know and be able to do; states calculate the starting point for AYP; states set specific targets to measure whether all groups of students are making AYP in language arts and math; states measure the performance of students, schools, and school districts; and states are required to take steps to help students in schools that do not make AYP. The next section examines what AYP does not mean for states, schools, and students, addressing such myths as: states or schools that do not make AYP will be penalized by losing federal funding; the federal government will determine whether or not local schools are succeeding; AYP penalizes states with high standards and creates incentives for states to lower their standards; an unreasonably large number of successful schools will be identified as needing improvement; schools that educate the most severely disabled students will be penalized under AYP formulas; and AYP means that schools must improve test scores every single year to avoid being labeled as needing improvement. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Special Needs Students
The Education Trust, 1725 K Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-293-1217; Fax: 202-293-2605; Web site: http://www.edtrust.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001