We appreciate your involvement in your child's education and want to let you know about an important communication that you may soon be receiving from our state Department of Education. This communication is a report of our school district's progress toward meeting state academic standards. The report may be distributed by one of several methods: direct mail, email to parents, local newspaper or other media, or directly from our district/school.
By now, you have probably heard of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. One requirement of this law is that our state Department of Education must annually review the progress of our school district to determine if adequate yearly progress (AYP) is being made toward the state's academic achievement standards. District progress toward meeting state standards is based on total student test performance from every tested grade level at each school in the district and from every tested subgroup of students. Tested subgroups include students who are:
- receiving Special Education services,
- limited English language proficient,
- from low income families, and
- represent different racial/ethnic classifications.
All students and every subgroup in the district must make annual progress toward state standards for the district to be identified as making adequate yearly progress (AYP). This is an ambitious goal that every district administrator, teacher and staff member is striving to attain.
If the state Department of Education determines that the district has not made AYP for two (2) or more consecutive years, it must:
- identify the district for school improvement, corrective action or restructuring,
- provide the district with an opportunity to review the data upon which the review was based, and
- publicize and disseminate the results of the progress review to parents, staff and the community.
In addition, the state will provide assistance to identified districts and must keep parents and the community informed regarding the progress of such assistance in addressing the reasons that caused the district to not make adequate yearly progress.
Thank you for taking an active interest in helping your child achieve at school. If you have any questions regarding information provided by the state or about our district's AYP, please contact me at your earliest convenience.