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August 11, 2006

ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS (AYP) AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT STATUS

Previously, district superintendents were notified of the process and the new conditions that will be used to calculate Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2005-06 school year. AYP is calculated once the E- report card data are approved by local superintendents and submitted to ISBE and the enrollment on the last day of the testing window and the assessment data are available for the school. The AYP Status Reports are then posted on IWAS and superintendents are notified via IWAS that the report is available.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, it is very unlikely that AYP will be calculated and school improvement status known prior to the beginning of the school year. To date, AYP status for Title I schools that have grade 2 as the highest grade have been calculated and posted on IWAS. Once all of the required data are available, calculating AYP and identifying school improvement status will be a priority for ISBE.

In the meantime, there are steps that can be taken at the district level to ensure that programs are in place. Since it takes two consecutive years of making AYP to be removed from status, all Title I schools currently in federal improvement status that did not make AYP in 2005, will remain in improvement status and must offer choice options plus the services associated with that status, regardless of whether AYP is met.

For more information, please contact Data Analysis at 217-782-3950.

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