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2009 Adequate Yearly Progress
Under No Child Left Behind Accountability Requirements

KEY POINTS
State Assessments Grades 3-8

  1. Data for grades 3-5 and 6-8 are aggregated for AYP calculations if grade spans are housed in the same school.  AYP is calculated separately if they are housed in different schools.

  2. Results for students enrolled after July 1, 2008 are not included in the calculations.  For more information, see www.nj.gov/education/title1/accountability/ayp/time_in_school.shtml.

  3. Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA) results for proficiency are added to the special education and other subgroup calculations.  Participation for students taking the APA is included.

  4. For limited English proficient (LEP) students, the full flexibility of the law is applied.  Results for students who have exited from English language instructional programs are included for up to two years.

  5. For the racial/ethnicity student subgroup, any combination of Hispanic coding, i.e., Hispanic and White, students are counted in the Hispanic category only.

  6. A 95% confidence interval (CI) is applied to all proficiency measures for both the total school and student subgroup performance.  A 75% CI is applied for safe harbor calculations.

  7. For participation calculations, the student count is 40, that is, subgroups with 40 or more students are calculated.  For proficiency calculations, the student count is 30 for all student subgroups.

  8. A dash (-) in the “Made 95% Participation Rate” and “Made AYP Benchmark Target” columns denote no students or less than the required number of students in a student subgroup.

  9. Participation averaging has been applied to schools that met all of their proficiency targets.

  10. Safe harbor is calculated for the total population and all student subgroups.

  11. Safe harbor is attained if the proportion of students in the subgroup or the total population scoring partially proficient is reduced by 10% over the previous year.

  12. For 2009 only, safe harbor was calculated using an alternative method for grades 3 and 4 that statistically links the old and new tests.  The table below provides those linked scores on the 2009 test for each grade and subject area.

 

Linked Cut Score

 

Grade

Language Arts Literacy

Mathematics

3

182

170

4

177

177

  1. New targets have been established for grades 3-5 for both content areas.

Language Arts Literacy Targets

 

Grades 3-5

School Years

Original Target

New Target

      2008-2010

73

59

2011-2013

91

79

2014

100

100

Mathematics Targets

 

Grades 3-5

School Years

Original Target

New Target

      2008-2010

69

66

2011-2013

85

83

2014

100

100

  1. IEP-exempt students are calculated for AYP; exemption refers to graduation requirements only.

  2. Schools currently identified as in need of improvement that have too few students to be analyzed in all the subgroups remain in their current improvement status.

  3. The secondary indicator (attendance rate) is included.