Local Schools Not Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 5:16 am

Just under 50-percent of schools in Minnesota are not making Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind law, according to numbers released Monday by the state Department of Education.

There are 112 school more this year that are not meeting the standard compared to a year ago.

Locally, several school are on the list including Pine City, North Branch, Cambridge-Isanti, Hinckley-Finlayson, Mora, Rush City, Braham, Moose-Lake, and Ogilvie.

See the complete list here.

Of 2,303 Minnesota schools earning an AYP status in 2009, 1,066 schools made AYP compared to 984 schools in 2008. There were 1,048 schools that did not make AYP in 2009, up from 931 schools in 2008. One hundred eighty-nine schools had insufficient data in 2009. Minnesota currently has 283 Title I schools in need of improvement, which will be providing additional options and services to students.

“Every Minnesota student should have the opportunity to receive a quality education,” said Alice Seagren, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education. “While NCLB needs to be fixed, it has focused much-needed attention on preparing every student for success after high school.”

AYP is a means of measuring, through standards and assessments, the achievement of the NCLB goal of 100 percent proficient by 2014. AYP is structured to ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

AYP is determined for the entire school as well as subgroups including racial/ethnic groups, Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners and economically disadvantaged students as measured by participation in free and reduced-price meals. Schools make AYP if the students in these subgroups meet the targets for the percent of students meeting or exceeding the standards on the state assessments in reading and mathematics as well as meeting the participation and the attendance or graduation requirements.

This year, due to the department’s interpretation of federal law, additional school types were measured using the AYP calculation. Because of their specialized nature, the students in these schools had previously been included in the statewide AYP measure exclusively. Beginning with this year, the students in these schools will be measured using the AYP calculation at the school, district and state level.

Additionally, the AYP Growth Adjustment is a new measure that provides another opportunity for schools to demonstrate proficiency and gain safe harbor. Students with valid scores in the current and prior year contribute points to their school’s AYP Growth measure based upon their growth across achievement levels. The growth targets are the same as the proficiency targets used for Minnesota’s index, but do not include adjustment for confidence intervals.

Schools that receive federal Title I dollars and are not making AYP two or more years in a row in the same subject are identified as being in need of improvement. Depending on the number of years they do not make AYP, schools in need of improvement must offer a range of options to students, including school choice with transportation, supplemental services and restructuring.

Over the last several years, Minnesota has stepped up its efforts to improve its system of education by improving teacher quality and career and college readiness.

“These results should be a guide as Minnesota moves forward with its efforts to create a 21st century system of education,” Commissioner Seagren said.

1 Comment

  1. Nan Grejtak 08/11/09 at 10:44am

    I would like information on Redwood Area Schools, in Redwood Falls

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