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Aug. 4, 2011
Sixty-six percent of Texas schools meet AYP
AUSTIN - Almost 5,600 Texas schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for the federal school rating system this year. This represents 66 percent of all Texas campuses.
Schools and districts must have 80 percent or more of their students in grades 3-8 and 10 pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) reading or English language arts test and 75 percent must pass the TAKS mathematics test to meet AYP. They also must achieve a 90 percent attendance rate or a 75 percent graduation rate, depending on the grade levels they serve. This year, 5,597 schools met AYP standards.
AYP standards for 2011 are similar to the standards required to achieve a Recognized rating in the state accountability system. The state ratings were issued July 29.
Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, the standards must reach 100 percent passing on both reading and mathematics assessments by 2014 which requires a substantial increase in ratings standards each year in order to meet this requirement.
In 2010, 73 percent of the Texas students were required to pass the reading/ELA test, while a 67 percent passing rate was needed on the mathematics test in order to met AYP. Seventy-eight percent of the schools met the standards under those criteria and benefited from the use of the Texas Projection Measure, which is not available to them this year.
“Statewide, our passing rates on the TAKS test largely held steady this year. Those results coupled with the elimination of Texas Projection Measure and rising federal standards caused fewer Texas schools to met AYP this year,” said Commissioner of Education Robert Scott.
As a result, 50 percent of the Texas school districts meet AYP in 2011, compared to 78 percent the previous year.
The most common reason that a Texas school missed AYP targets was because their students did not achieve both the required mathematics and reading passing rates. Missing the mathematics performance requirements alone was the second most common reason that a school received a missed AYP label. This is consistent with the 2011 state ratings in which mathematics performance was the most common reason that a school achieved an Academically Unacceptable rating in that system.
Under the federal system, schools or districts that receive a missed AYP designation for two or more years and receive Title I funds, which are federal funds targeted to serve low income students, face sanctions.
If a Title I school misses AYP for two or more years for the same indicator, it moves into the School Improvement Program. The school improvement program categories range from Stage 1, which means a campus or district has missed targets for two years, to Stage 5, which means they have missed targets for six or more years. The sanctions and required interventions increase at each stage.
The preliminary AYP results show 249 districts and 242 schools at some level of school improvement intervention.
At Stage 1, school officials must approve a campus improvement plan and give students the option of transferring to another school. By Stage 5, the school must implement a major restructuring.
Details about the possible sanctions and interventions are available at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=4459&menu_id=798.
AYP evaluations for each district and campus can be found at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/ayp/2011/index.html.