AYP state results "mixed" - May 19, 2006

Record Number: 2496
Displayed from: May 19, 2006 , until: Jun 12, 2006

THE FOLOWING WAS RELEASED ON MAY 19 FROM THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed today released 2005 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for Indiana school corporations and schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Nearly three-quarters (72.7 percent) of Indiana's school corporations and just under half (49.3 percent) of schools met AYP under the newly raised federal bar for measuring progress. "We believe in high expectations and accountability in Indiana, and the federal law has rightly focused everyone's attention on leaving no child behind," said Dr. Reed. "Though AYP makes for dramatic headlines, this measure is not necessarily the best reflection of the headway Indiana's students and schools are making." AYP designations are determined by calculating student achievement and participation rates on the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) in English/language arts and mathematics; student attendance rates for elementary and middle schools; and high school graduation rates for high schools. In 2005, the percentage of students who have to pass ISTEP+ for the school to make AYP increased. The "bar" was raised from 58.8 percent to 65.7 percent of students in English/language arts and from 57.1 percent to 64.3 percent of students in math. The federal law calls for the passing rate to be raised in increments toward the ultimate goal of having 100 percent of students in all groups passing the state assessment by 2013-14. Under NCLB, schools must meet annual goals in the academic achievement of the overall student population and by student groups within the general population, including economic background, race and ethnicity, English proficiency, and special education. To be identified as making AYP, schools must make AYP in all applicable student groups. For this reason, the larger and more diverse the school or school corporation is, the harder it is to make AYP. Reed noted that the 2005 AYP determinations clearly show evidence of an achievement gap in Indiana one that cannot be closed without instituting measures such as a strong full-day kindergarten program that is fully state-funded, voluntary for parents, and high quality for students. Additionally, the state needs to focus more resources on providing interventions for struggling students and professional development opportunities for educators to ensure all students are being taught by highly qualified teachers who are employing best practices. 2005 AYP Results Summary NCLB includes consequences only for public schools and school corporations that participate in the federal Title I program and do not make AYP. Under the federal Title I program, corporations and schools with large populations of students on free- and reduced-priced lunch receive additional funding to help educate these at-risk students. If a Title I school or a school corporation does not demonstrate AYP for two consecutive years in the same subject area, the corporation/school enters Improvement Status. School Improvement Status consists of a series of interventions that become more extensive for each successive year the school does not make AYP. To be removed from improvement status, the school must make AYP for two consecutive years.
Corporations Statewide, 213 out of 293 school corporations (72.7 percent) made AYP in 2005. Of the 282 districts in Indiana that receive federal Title I funding, 203 (72 percent) made AYP in 2005. Of the 79 Title I districts that did not make AYP, 33 are in improvement status: * 9 corporations are in Year 1 Improvement (27.3 percent) * 15 corporations are in Year 2 Improvement (45.5 percent) * 9 corporations are in Year 3 Improvement (27.3 percent) Schools Statewide, 921 out of 1867 schools (49.3 percent) made AYP for 2005. Of the 946 schools that did not make AYP, more than three-quarters (75.7 percent) of schools missed in four or fewer categories and over half (56.3 percent) missed in two or fewer categories. Of the 775 Title I schools in Indiana, 424 (54.7 percent) made AYP in 2005. There are 351 Title I schools that did not make AYP, and 173 schools in improvement status, including 17 that are on their way to dropping from the improvement list because they made AYP for 2005. Of the schools on the improvement list: * 103 schools are in Year 1 improvement (29.3 percent) * 31 schools are in Year 2 improvement (8.8 percent) * 18 schools are in Year 3 improvement (5.1 percent) * 8 schools are in Year 4 improvement (2.4 percent) * 7 schools are in Year 5 improvement (1.9 percent) * 6 schools are in improvement beyond Year 5 (1.7 percent) "The bottom line to consider is whether individual schools are making improvements in the number of students passing ISTEP+," said Dr. Reed. "Corporations and schools need to drill deeper into the data to determine the extent to which the overall student group and each subgroup are improving." Reed noted that a closer look at the data reveals signs of progress as to what individual students and groups of students are achieving: — The percentage of students passing ISTEP+ English increased from 2002 to 2005 by 2.2 percent for Hispanic students, 2.3 percent for white students, 4.5 percent for students receiving free and reduced price lunches, and 5.9 percent for black students. — Math scores during that same period increased 5.9 percent for white students, 8.4 percent for Hispanic students, 9.4 percent for students receiving free and reduced price lunches, and 10.4 percent for black students. "While significant, these facts do not change our sense of urgency in raising the achievement of all students those who are making dramatic gains toward passing and those who are going beyond passing to higher levels of achievement," said Dr. Reed. "We are committed to seeing all of our students succeed, and we will continue to work hard to ensure all our students improve with the help educators, parents, and community members." For more AYP information, including corporation and school results, visit www.doe.state.in.us/ayp.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.