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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2002

State Board Sets Standards for Adequate Yearly Progress Under Federal No Child Left Behind Law

State Superintendent Schiller’s Assessment and Accountability Task Force recommended intermediate goals for determining Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law, and the State Board of Education is scheduled to act on the recommendation Thursday.

No Child Left Behind set a goal of having 100% of the nation’s students meet state standards by the 2013-14 school year and requires states to measure Adequate Yearly Progress of schools toward reaching that goal. Schools would have to meet AYP targets for their entire student population, as well as for each of eight demographic groups of students in the school.

“We have a broad-based task force in place that’s worked very hard to come up recommendations in a number of areas,” said State Superintendent of Education Robert E. Schiller. “This AYP recommendation combines our commitment to rigorous standards and measured progress with a solid model that sets out the timetable for complying with the achievement requirements of the federal law.”

Using 2002 data from state tests, the State Board has determined that the baseline for Illinois schools is 40 per cent meets for both reading and mathematics. To reach 100 per cent in 12 years, the state has flexibility to set equal increments for each year or establish longer increments with higher steps.

Recognizing that districts need time to integrate the Illinois Learning Standards into all their classes, the Task Force recommended that set at three-year intervals the first three steps toward 100% meeting standards. Schools would therefore make this portion of AYP if their student composite and subgroups reached 50 per cent meeting in 2005, 60 per cent in 2008, and then move from 60 per cent in 2010 to 100 per cent in 2014.

“This is a fair approach that sets forth high expectations and a reasonable time-frame,” said Task Force co-chairman Robert Nielsen, superintendent of Bloomington District 87. “It will measure both progress and compliance with the law.”

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