AYP fails to meet goals
Report concludes school evaluation system is fundamentally flawed




CONTACT:  Teri Battaglieri (517) 203-2940 (e-mail) greatlakescenter@greatlakescenter.org

                      William J. Mathis (802) 247-5757 (e-mail) wmathis@sover.net


East Lansing, Mich., Sept. 25, 2006—Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the main indicator of academic achievement under No Child Left Behind, is an unproven, unrealistic and underfunded system for improving student performance in the nation’s public schools, according to a policy brief funded by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice.

AYP –and the accompanying penalties for failure –should be suspended and additional research into its effectiveness should be conducted before schools invest any more time or money or suffer anymore consequences for failure to achieve it, according to the policy brief titled The Accuracy and Effectiveness of Adequate yearly Progress, NCLB’s Evaluation System by Professor   William J. Mathis of the University of Vermont.

The AYP requirement is the driving force behind NCLB. It uses yearly gains in standardized test scores to measure school and student achievement. Failure by a school to meet yearly performance goals triggers sanctions and “corrective action” plans. The goal of AYP is that every child masters their state’s standardized tests by 2014.

According to Mathis, a University of Vermont researcher,  “AYP is not an effective instrument for measuring school performance and it is not sparking school reform as promised. Corrective action must be taken to prevent more harm to students and schools, and to develop a tool that will do the job.”

The policy brief reveals that:

Many of the brief’s conclusions mirror an earlier study released by the Great Lakes Center which found that nearly every school in the Great Lakes states will be labeled as “failing” by 2014 due to inadequate funding, lack of flexibility and other problems associated with the AYP requirement of NCLB.

The full policy brief is available at http://www.greatlakescenter.org



The mission of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice is to identify, develop, support, publish and widely disseminate empirically sound research on education policy and practices designed to improve the quality of public education for all students within the Great Lakes Region. 

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