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ERIC Number: EJ785688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1551-0670
Evaluating Rural Progress in Mathematics Achievement: Threats to the Validity of "Adequate Yearly Progress"
Lee, Jaekyung
Journal of Research in Rural Education, v18 n2 p67-77 Fall 2003
This article examines major threats to the validity of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the context of rural schools. Although rural students and their schools made significant academic progress in the past on national and state assessments, the current goal of AYP turns out to be highly unrealistic for them unless states set far lower achievement levels than those of the national assessment, NAEP. The current estimate of school AYP measures also turns out to be highly unreliable for small, rural schools, and using a uniform averaging procedure with multiple years of data would have only limited effects on stabilizing the measures. Finally, the current AYP formula that sets a uniform performance target for every school regardless of its initial performance status can unduly overidentify disadvantaged rural schools in needs of improvement. Policy implications of the findings and possible ways to control those threats are discussed. (Contains 3 footnotes, 3 tables, and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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