Adequate Yearly Progress and Accountability in Illinois

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires all states to measure each public school's and district's achievement and establish annual achievement targets for the state.The overarching goal is for all students to meet or exceed standards in reading and mathematics by 2014. Each year, the state will calculate a school or district's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) to determine if students are improving their performance based on the established annual targets. Through links on this website, you can review the federal law and regulations regarding AYP.

About the Illinois AYP Accountability Plan

The Illinois plan for accountability was developed through consultation with a broad-based task force of education, business, parent and civic representatives and approved by U.S. Department of Education in 2003.

As implementation of NCLB developed over the past several years, Illinois has modified its laws several times and won approval for changes from the U.S. Department of Education. State law now defines consequences for all schools that fail to meet AYP criteria for consecutive years. Title I schools and districts are subject to additional consequences, including school choice, supplemental educational services, and corrective action and restructuring.

To learn more about how AYP works in Illinois, select from the sub-links on the navigation bar above pertaining to Accountability or click on the links below.


Calculating AYP School Status Student Subgroups Accountability Understanding NCLB