Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is required by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as a measure of all schools, school districts, and the state in meeting required federal benchmarks. Idaho uses the results of the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to calculate AYP. Each year, all schools are required to reach state-approved goals in reading, math and a third category (typically language arts for elementary schools and graduation rate for high schools). They also must meet goals for the number of students participating on the ISAT. The results of assessments are used to determine whether a school is making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Information in this portion of the report card details accountability data and whether goals were met by content area (math, reading and language arts) and by subgroup. It will also provide information on how schools compare with other schools in their district and in the state.
The goal of NCLB is to ensure that all students in all schools are academically proficient in math, reading and language arts by 2014. Until that time, schools, school systems and the state will be measured on their ability to move toward that goal. In other words, schools, school systems, and the state must show that a greater percentage of its students are meeting required proficiency standards.
Schools, school systems and the state must meet proficiency benchmarks in nine subgroups, including five race/ethnicity groups; students with disabilities; limited English proficient students; economically disadvantaged students; and the school as a whole.