Welcome to AYP & School Improvement

Name: Sylvia Johnson
Title: Director, Educational Enrichment
Email Address: sjohnson@fusd1.org
Phone number: 928-527-6152

AYP or Adequate Yearly Progress is a measure used by states to determine if schools and districts are meeting the high expectations of NCLB.  The NCLB goal is that 100% of students meet or exceed Arizona Academic Standards by Spring 2014.  This is referred to as “proficiency.”

In order to meet the 100% goal, schools and districts must meet specific objectives each year over the next several years. These are referred to as Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) and are calculated based on the gap between where students are currently achieving and the ultimate goal of 100% proficiency.  The goal for 2008 to show Adequate Yearly Progress was increased in each grade level for both reading and math by approximately 10%.   

Three additional factors impact AYP . . . attendance for Grades 3-8, graduation rates for high school and percent of students tested. 

Overall, Flagstaff Unified School District did make AYP for the 2007-2008 school year.  We missed the mark for English Language Learners (ELL) and Special Education students in a few grade levels. 

Additionally, Arizona’s statewide ELL program sets requirements for a minimum of 14% of students in each of four grade level groupings (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) to be reclassified annually—or tested out of the English Language Learner designation.  In 2007-2008, FUSD met this requirement for all grade spans.  

Adequate Yearly Progress is calculated in several ways—first, on the total of all students in the district and then on various subgroups of students: racial and ethnic groups, English language learners, students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students. 

This year, AYP includes a total of 350 reported areas districtwide.  FUSD fell below AYP expectations in just 15 of the 350 areas reported. 

Each ethnic or racial group did make Adequate Yearly Progress, as did most economically disadvantaged students.  The areas where we did not meet AYP include the following:

  • English language learners in Grades 3, 6 and 10 did not reach the AMAO for Reading; Grades 5 and 6 did not reach the AMAO for Math.

  • Special Education students fell below the goal in Reading for Grades 3, 6, 7, 8 and 10; Grades 5, 6 and 8 did not reach the AMAO for Math.

  • Low-income students in Grade 3 did not meet the AYP requirement for Reading.

  • ELL students did not meet the minimum graduation rate set for high schools.

Each individual school in FUSD makes this same comparison and, while the District as a whole did make AYP, some of our schools did not.  In those cases, parents received a letter from the principal in early November describing the areas of concern and the school’s plans for addressing those specific needs.

Does FUSD Have a Plan for Raising AYP?

Yes. Several initiatives are underway to increase student achievement for all students.  Teachers and administrators are involved in an ongoing process that allows teachers to work together to identify specific learning goals and strategies to help all students.

Additionally, the District has implemented a framework to improve learning for all students.  Called SIOP, this model provides ongoing training and support for teachers to strengthen their own skills.  SIOP also provides extra support for English language learners who have become proficient in basic English skills.  Finally, students who are still learning basic English participate daily in a special four-hour English language development program.   

Want to know more?  Please contact your child’s teacher or school principal!