AYP measures the percentage of students making certain target scores on standardized tests in reading and math and graduation rates — regardless of students’ growth. For example, if a student grows two grade levels during a school year but is still below the NCLB-set bar, his scores count against the school’s AYP rating.
“Everyone knew this day was coming, and now it is upon us, and we need to have an open, honest debate about the consequences of a law that will label a majority of our schools as failing,” Justin Hamilton, press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, said in an email.
I honestly don’t know how this is supposed to get better. We keep throwing money into schools in low income areas and I do believe that helps but obviously, it doesn’t help enough to change deeply seeded needs and issues. The fact of the matter is that many, many students are showing growth – just not enough to meet the NCLB requirements.