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Aug. 5, 2010


Seventy-eight percent of Texas districts meet AYP


AUSTIN – Seventy-eight percent of Texas school districts and 85 percent of schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards required by the annual federal evaluation system, the Texas Education Agency announced today.

This year, 962 districts met AYP standards, compared to 1,000 districts or 81 percent last year. A substantial increase in the AYP standards caused this slight decline. 

For the 2010 ratings, 73 percent of the total students and the student groups must pass the reading Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and 67 percent must pass the mathematics TAKS to earn the “Meets AYP” label. In the 2008-2009 school year, the passing standards were 67 percent for reading and 58 percent for mathematics.

At the campus level, however, strong performance caused 85 percent or 7,199 schools to meet AYP standards, a four percent increase over last year. That year, 6,736 schools met the standards.

“The rating standards increased substantially, yet the vast majority of our schools and districts showed enough academic growth to maintain their Met AYP designation. I am proud of these schools and the progress they are making. We will work with those schools that missed AYP to help them get back on track,” Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said.

The AYP evaluations for districts and campuses are available at: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/ayp/2010/index.html.

The federal evaluations are based on:

  • Participation and passing rates on state mathematics and reading/English language arts tests for grades 3-8 and 10;
  • Graduation rates for high schools and districts; and
  • Attendance rates for elementary and middle schools.

Just as in the state accountability system, districts and campuses get credit for improving student performance through the use of the Texas Projection Measure (TPM).

Use of TPM allowed 175 districts and 933 campuses to meet AYP standards.

This year, five percent or 410 campuses missed AYP targets, compared to four percent or 353 campuses last year. The most common reason a school received this grade was because they did not meet mathematics performance and participation targets. At least 95 percent of the students on a campus must be tested to meet the participation targets under the AYP system.

At the district level, 21 percent or 257 districts failed to meet AYP standards, compared to 17 percent or 209 districts last year.

Additionally, 18 districts and 826 schools were not evaluated.  Typically, those are schools that don’t contain tested grades, such as a pre-kindergarten-first grade campus, or they are a juvenile justice or disciplinary alternative education campus.

School Improvement Status

Schools or districts that receive a Missed AYP designation and receive Title I funds, which are federal funds targeted to help serve low-income students, face sanctions in this evaluation system.

There are 330 Title I schools and 256 Title I districts that missed AYP.

If a Title I school misses AYP for two or more years for the same indicator (reading, mathematics, attendance or graduation), it moves into the School Improvement Program. The school improvement categories range from Stage 1 to Stage 5, with required intervention intensifying at each additional stage.

At Stage 1, school officials must approve a campus improvement plan and give students the option of transferring to another school. By Stage 5, which means the school has Missed AYP for the same indicator for six or more years, the school must implement a major restructuring.

Details about the possible sanctions and interventions are available at:  http://www5.esc13.net/sirc/stages/index.html.

Districts may appeal the AYP designations through Sept. 3. The final AYP designations will be issued in December.







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