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"I have here in my hand, a list ...." Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wheeling, West Virginia, February 9, 1946.

No Child Left Behind:
Measuring Adequate Yearly Progress

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires "adequate yearly progress," the minimum level of improvement school districts and schools must achieve every year. In technical terms, adequate yearly progress (AYP) refers to the growth rate in the percentage of students who achieve the state's definition of academic proficiency. Each state will set the AYP gains every school must meet to reach 100 percent proficiency at the end of 12 years.

Under No Child Left Behind, "adequate yearly progress" measures are steps toward our nation's bipartisan goal of closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child is proficient in math and reading by the school year 2013-14. . . .

By testing every child, parents and teachers will know the academic achievement of each group of students and can work together to ensure that no child will be left behind. This is why test scores will be broken out into the following sub-groups: economic background, race and ethnicity, English proficiency and disability.

Defining adequate yearly progress ensures that every school improves every year so that every childóregardless of race, parent's income or family backgroundólearns and excels. Tracking this progress yearly will help recognize great schools making great strides in teaching all children. And by following AYP gains at schools where children are not learning, parents and education officials will know which schools need to improve. . . .

— The U. S. Department of Education
Measuring Adequate Yearly Progress
The Achiever
November 2002


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