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    Adequate Yearly Progress
    By linda2671

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    AYP stands for Adequate Yearly Progress. If that was what it truly was, no one would have a problem with it. We all want our students to make adequate yearly progress. But the No Child Left Behind Act says that the state must set the standards for AYP. If your school has more than 30 kids in any subgroup such as race, disability, economic status, etc, their test scores stand alone, they cannot be averaged into the scores of the rest of the school. Therefore, a school can have very high test scores as an average, but if they have 30 learning disabled kids who have trouble reaching the same standards as the general ed kids, the school does not meet AYP and is subject to sanctions (if they don't meet AYP for 2 or more consecutive years). They must receive help from a team that comes in and assesses their weaknesses and makes a plan. Parents may decide to send their children to another school at the school's expense. By the year 2010, (I believe), everyone is expected to be at proficiency level in all core subjects, regardless of race, disability, or economic status.
    AYP does not track students to see if each student is making progress, as far as I know. The AYP is figured on yearly test scores, thereby comparing apple to oranges. We're comparing this year's third graders to next year's third graders for example.

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