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 Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) is a standardized assessment that measures students' knowledge of the grade-level Idaho Content Standards. The results of the ISAT are also used to monitor student achievement as required under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Information in this portion of the report card details achievement data by grade and by content area (math, reading, language arts and science) identifying Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced proficiency levels. Participation on the tests is also monitored.
This report indicates the educational background of teachers and distribution of “highly qualified” (as federally defined under No Child Left Behind) teachers among schools throughout the state.
Graduation information is tracked for high schools throughout Idaho. Each high school and the state as a whole has a goal of either graduating 90% of the seniors each year, or of improving upon the previous year's graduation rate. The graduation rate is the proportion of students who begin in ninth grade and go on to complete twelfth grade with a diploma. A General Education Development (GED) certificate does not count toward a district’s graduation rate.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. NAEP provides results for the nation and for the states, but does not provide scores for individual Idaho school districts, schools, classrooms, or students. The NAEP assessment is conducted every two years for a few grade levels.
To find out more see the Federal NAEP Website
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.
The Report Card is organized in the following sections: NCLB (AYP), Achievement, Attendance and Graduation, Discipline, Teacher Quality, and Special Education. Data required by No Child Left Behind are defined in drop-down boxes containing explanations for each criterion.
Schools and school systems that do not meet required federal benchmarks for one year are assigned the status of “Target.” Schools and school systems that do not meet the federal benchmark for two or more consecutive years in the same category are assigned the status of “High Priority.”