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PRESS RELEASE

September 18, 2003

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne Provides Update on Adequate Yearly Progress Under No Child Left Behind
Schools and Districts have 30 days to request further review

TALLAHASSEE - Education Commissioner Jim Horne today released updated information on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Preliminary results under NCLB were released last month and the findings released today were sent to school districts late yesterday. Schools and districts have 30 days to request further review of their AYP designation.

The overall statewide results did not change significantly. Of the 3,179 schools evaluated, approximately 13 percent (409 schools) made AYP. Nearly 60 percent of the schools that did not make AYP did make the mark in at least 40 of the 45 required criteria.

"This is the first year we have calculated AYP and we made it clear that the results released last month were preliminary," said Commissioner Horne. "AYP measures 45 different criteria and we have continued reviewing the data. We discovered several areas where our program did not behave as expected, have made necessary corrections, and will continue to review the data over the next 30 days."

The change in AYP was mostly due to programming problems. The Department of Education has corrected the program with regards to two items: (1) missing data on alternative assessments for students with disabilities and, (2) miscalculation of the safe harbor provision for schools without prior-year data. Additional modifications may be made, as necessary, over the next 30 days as schools request reviews.

AYP status changed for 325 schools. A complete list of schools by district is attached. Changes were as follows:

  • 60 schools previously thought to have missed AYP made AYP;
  • 59 schools previously thought to have made AYP missed AYP; and
  • 206 schools previously thought to have too few students for an AYP calculation have now been evaluated - all missed AYP.

“These AYP results should help schools identify areas that may need improvement; however, we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that Florida has high standards,” said Commissioner Horne. “We are consistently raising the bar and our students' performance on state and national assessments, as well as college preparatory and entrance exams, shows that Florida students and schools are making tremendous progress.”

None of the schools whose AYP status changed would have been subject to sanctions under NCLB this year. The Department of Education hand-calculated the AYP measurement for the fifty Title I "F" schools that comprised the baseline for schools "in need of improvement," 48 of which are currently offering public school choice. Of the 326 schools whose status changed, only 62 are Title I schools. Of those, 26 schools went from not making AYP to making it, 25 that had previously made AYP do not make it, and 11 that did not have an AYP designation do not make AYP. A list of the 36 Title I schools whose AYP status changed to not making AYP is also attached.

List of Schools with Revised AYP (September 18).doc (Word, 708KB)
Title I Schools Not Making AYP After Revision (September 18).xls