Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

   
OVERVIEW
   
  Both Act 60 and the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) require states to have a system that holds public schools accountable for the academic achievement of their students. Act 60 also requires the secretary to make biennial determinations of whether schools are meeting the standards defined in the School Quality Standards outlined in the State Board Manual of Rules and Practices (see links below). These standards address a school's physical, social and academic climate.
   
LINKS TO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION
   
  Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Reports for School Accountability System Based on Student Performance for 2013
The links below provide access to both summary reports and to individual data reports for each school district and school:
   
 
   
 

Student Performance Results on State Assessments Reported by Subgroups
The No Child Left Behind Act requires that states report student performance annually by subcategories, including gender; major racial/ethnic categories; students with disabilities; economically disadvantaged students; students with limited English proficiency; and migrant students.

  • Student Performance Result on State Alternate Assessments Reported by Subgroups
    The No Child Left Behind Act requires Vermont to report alternate assessment student performance annually by subcategories, including gender; major racial/ethnic categories; students with disabilities; economically disadvantaged students; students with limited English proficiency; and migrant students. Reported results are for alternate assessment, valid tests and are only publicly reported when there are more than 10 students in the group. Alternate assessments are Lifeskills, Stanford Diagnostic, and Out-of-level New Standards Reference Exams (NSREs).
   
  School Quality Standards (SQS) Information & Resources
Vermont statutes (16 V.S.A. ยง165) require the State Board of Education to adopt School Quality Standards (SQS) as well as a process for monitoring their implementation in each public school in the state. The purpose "is to ensure that all students in Vermont public schools are afforded educational opportunities that are substantially equal" and that allows them to achieve or exceed the expectations of Vermont state standards. The SQS were most recently revised in 2006. Use the link above to view various SQS resources designed to implement the standards.
   
  Operations Manual for the School Accountability System Based on Student Achievement (March 2011)
This manual is designed to support effective implementation of the Vermont State Board of Education rules for Vermont's School Accountability System Based on Student Achievement. It provides informatiion that local school boards and school and district staff need to understand the state's accountability system. This manual may also be helpful for policymakers, members of the public, researchers, and others interested in better understanding Vermont's school accountability system. The manual includes information about the calculation of achievement indexes, graduation rates, and other academic indicators and how they are used to detremine whether schools are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
   
 
  • School Accountability System Based on Student Achievement (Rule Series 2500)
    Use this link to view the revised Vermont State Board of Education revised rules that align Vermont's accountability system with the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NCLB mandates that all students become proficient in mathematics, reading, and writing by school year 2013-2014. The rules require appropriate annual testing of all students in grades 3-8 and in one high school grade, annual determinations of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and accountability for subgroups, such as economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and limited English proficient students.
   
  Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook (with Approved 2006 Amendments)
Vermont's Adequate Yearly Progress Plan (AYP), required under the No Child Left Behind Act, was approved by the U.S. Department of Education on June 2, 2003. The Accountability Workbook is the official document that describes Vermont's approach to determining the annual progress of its public schools in ensuring that all students are meeting state standards by 2014. Schools that do not meet state standards, as specified in the workbook, will be identified for technical assistance. NOTE: In July 2006, the U.S. Department of Education approved amendments to the Accountability Workbook for the 2006 AYP decision. These amendments have been added to the original document.
   
  Accountability Review for Priority Schools Receiving Technical Assistance 
To meet provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Agency of Education evaluated the 28 Title I schools that had been identified in February 2000 by the state using the state's accountability system. This review presents the accountability data for each of these schools and explains the criteria used to evaluate their progress.
   
  NCLB Resources:
   
 

Questions?

Tom Alderman at tom.alderman@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1265

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