Calculating AYP for 2011 - 2012
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) calculations in Illinois are based on these conditions:
- At least 95.0% of students in the All Group and the Subgroups must be tested in Reading and Mathematics. If the current year's participation rates are less than 95%, the participation rate for AYP will be considered sufficient if the average of the current year and preceding year is at least 95%, or if the average of the current year and the two preceding years is at least 95%. Only actual participation rates are printed. If the participation rate printed is less than 95% but "Met AYP" is "Yes," it means that the 95% condition was met by averaging.
- At least 85% of the All group and each subgroup must meet or exceed standards for reading and mathematics.
- Subgroups include White, African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Multi-racial/ethnic, LEP, IEP, and Low Income.
- For subgroups under the 85% Meeting/Exceeding requirement, a 95% confidence interval has been applied; or the Safe Harbor requirement has been met.
- In order for Safe Harbor to apply, a subgroup must decrease by 10% the percentage of scores that did not meet state standards from the previous year plus meet the other indicators (attendance rate and graduate rate) for the subgroup. Safe Harbor allows schools an alternate method to meet subgroup minimum targets on achievement.
- To assure statistical reliability, each student subgroup in a school or district must equal at least 45 students or the school/district is exempt from requirements for that subgroup.
- It is important to note that the minimum 45 student subgroup size for AYP assessments for a school is based on the total of all students in that subgroup in the building taking each assessment, not in each grade. Thus, in a K-6 building, the 45 or more student subgroup size is calculated based on the total number of students in that subgroup in all grades taking the reading assessment (e.g. students in grade 3 plus grade 5 in a K-6 building). The same holds true for all students taking the mathematics exam. Regardless of student group size, however, schools and districts are still accountable for meeting the performance requirement for aggregate student results.
- For subgroups that do not meet their Safe Harbor targets, a 75% confidence interval will be applied, which may enable the subgroup to meet AYP.
- For those schools not making AYP because of the IEP subgroup only, 14% is added to the percent Meeting/Exceeding Standards for this subgroup. This calculation is allowed under the new federal 2% flexibility rule for IEP students.
- The attendance rates of students in elementary and middle schools and the graduation rates of students in high schools must meet or exceed the state's annual targets. In 2012, the attendance rate for elementary and middle schools must be at least 91%; high schools must have a graduation rate of at least 84%.
ISBE's AYP Flow Chart
shows how the calculations can determine whether your school or district met or
did not meet the three AYP criteria. The Frequently Asked Questions
about Choice are current and helpful.
How does the IIRC help understand the AYP status of a school?
The IIRC offers three tools for understanding a school's Adequate Yearly Progress. You can view these for a school you have selected by clicking on "AYP & School Improvement" in the navigation bar above the school information banner. This gives you the following information options:
- AYP Report shows a school's percentages on each of the AYP criteria for all subgroups. This page also has an explanation of "Safe Harbor."
- AYP Ladder shows what composite numbers a school must attain each year in reading and mathematics in order to make AYP
- AYP Steps specify the progress required for each of the nine subgroups in order to make AYP each year from 2003 to 2014.
The Rising Curve of NCLB Accountability
The standards for meeting AYP are mandated to rise over the period up to 2014 by NCLB. For detailed information you may consult the web sites accessible through the "Understanding NCLB" navigation tab on this IIRC navigation bar. Here is a general overview.
As currently specified in the State of Illinois' federally approved AYP plan, the minimum percent meets and exceeds for schools and districts in reading and in mathematics will increase in the following equal increments to comply with NCLB:
2. Participation rate:
Remains constant at 95%
3. Secondary indicators:
For elementary and middle schools, the minimum attendance rate rises in the following increments:
For high schools, the graduate rate rises in the following increments: