Adequate Yearly Progress Information

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, each state is required to assess all school districts to determine if each district has made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward meeting the academic testing standards and additional measures set by the state. AYP decisions are based on the results of state testing in communication arts and math and the district’s attendance rate and graduation rate. If the district has not made AYP for two consecutive years in any one of the four areas, it is considered “in need of improvement.” Based on the results of the 2010-2011 academic testing in communication arts and math and the district’s attendance rate and graduation rate, the Aurora R-VIII School District did not make adequate yearly progress for the following reasons:

1. Communication arts target was not met – 60% of our students (based on the growth model) were in the proficient or advanced level on MAP. One of the district subgroups did meet the target. The mathematics target was also not met on the district level – 64.3 % of our students (based upon the growth model) were in the proficient or advanced level on MAP. None of the six subgroups met this target. Graduation rate for the class of 2011 was not met – 78.80% of the cohort group (students who were in that class from grades 9 -12) graduated.

2. The state targets for each of the areas was:

a. Communication Arts – 75.5% of the students in grades 3-8 and English II at the high school level were to obtain the proficient or advanced level on the MAP.

b. Mathematics – 72.5% of the students in grades 3-8 and Algebra I at the high school level were to obtain the proficient or advanced level on the MAP.

c. Graduation rate – At least 85% or increasing at least 2% each year.

Because this is the third year of this designation, the district is considered to be in District Improvement Level 3, Corrective Action-Continuing. Based on 2010 statistics, of the 554 public school districts or charter schools identified by the state, 383 were in district level improvement due to not meeting AYP standards.

We will evaluate and update the plan for improvement that has been developed. One important component of this plan is parent involvement regarding implementation of the plan. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will review the district’s progress toward meeting the goals and objectives of the plan and may impose additional sanctions.

You can help by increasing your understanding of the assessment; understanding the importance of good attendance and graduating from school; visiting schools and becoming a volunteer; and engaging in reading and math strategies at home. Information about No Child Left Behind and what parents can do to improve student achievement can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml.

Sincerely,
Dan Decker
Superintendent