April 7, 2010
Today, Commissioner Dr. Virginia Barry announced the release of 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for New Hampshire schools and school districts. Preliminary designations for new schools and districts in need of improvement (SINIs and DINIs) are also released.
The 2010 AYP Reports are based on the October 2009 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) results for Grades 3-8 and 11, together with the 2008-2009 NH-Alternate Assessment results for Grades 2-7 and 10. AYP is calculated through an index system, with schools and districts receiving full credit for each student that scores proficient or better and partial credit for student scores below proficient.
Commissioner Barry stated, "To make AYP, a school or district must meet performance targets established for students in reading and mathematics, as well as meet state targets for student participation, attendance, and graduation (at high school). Student performance in the school as a whole is measured, as well as the performance of specific subgroups of students, which are broken down by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational disability, and non or limited English proficiency. There are nineteen potential decisions for each entity receiving a report. Schools, districts, and the public need to look carefully at their reports to determine why the school or district did not make Adequate Yearly Progress. It only takes one "no" to receive the designation. This may seem unfair, but it gives educators a focus for their improvement efforts. Districts have been responsive in working closely with the Department in developing systems of support for students and teachers. AYP serves the purpose of giving us concrete information about our schools."
Of the 473 school AYP reports released today, 133 schools made AYP in all areas measured and 323 did not make AYP in one or more areas. Sixteen of the 473 schools are receiving a small-school designation and will receive separate AYP reports produced by the Department.
Schools not making AYP for two consecutive years in the same area are designated a School in Need of Improvement (SINI). Based on the new results, 34 schools are identified as new Schools in Need of Improvement, increasing the total number of schools identified for improvement to 261. Schools not making AYP have 30 days to file an appeal with the State Department of Education if they feel there is a substantive or statistical reason that their designation is in error.
Six schools in need of improvement made AYP for the second consecutive year, and therefore exited improvement status: Hampton Academy; Lisbon Regional Elementary School; Milan Elementary School; Mount Caesar Elementary School in East Swanzey; Groveton Elementary School, and Pembroke Academy.
To calculate AYP at the district level, student data is aggregated by grade span groupings: elementary/middle (grades 3-8) and high school (grade 11), and then compared to the performance targets in reading and mathematics. For the district to receive a negative AYP designation, both grade span groups must fail to make AYP in the same content area. Districts not making AYP for two consecutive years in the same content area are identified as districts in need of improvement.
Of the 163 AYP district reports issued, 60 districts made AYP and 100 did not make AYP, with three district determinations still pending. An analysis of the new results shows that two districts made AYP for the second consecutive year and exited improvement status: Hillsboro-Deering Cooperative School District and Milan School District.
Seventeen new districts are preliminarily identified as in need of improvement, increasing the number of districts in improvement to 67. The appeal process and timeline for districts is similar to the process provided for schools. In accordance with state and federal law, schools and districts identified as in need of improvement must develop plans focused on the areas which caused the designation.
The Department of Education is also releasing the fourth set of School, District, and Statewide Growth Target Reports. These reports allow the public to see how many students are progressing toward their individually calculated growth targets. In addition to these reports, each school is provided access to their student rosters in order to determine if students met their targets for October 2009 and what their new target will be for October 2010. New Hampshire is currently working on a new growth model that when used in combination with achievement data will provide a more robust profile of student, school, and district performance.
Individual school and district reports, together with school and district in need of improvement information, is available through the Department of Education NH School District Profile site at www.education.nh.gov. Additional information about understanding AYP and Growth Targets can be found at www.education.nh.gov/instruction/accountability/ayp/.