Posted: Aug 3, 2013 8:10 AM by MTN News
The Montana Office of Public Instruction on Friday released the its annual Adequate Yearly Progress report (AYP) in accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The current testing goals require that 94.8% of students score proficient or above in reading, and 90% of students score proficient or above in math.
Last year's testing goals were 89.6% in reading and 80% in math.
In 2014, NCLB mandates that all students in Montana schools score proficient or above in reading and math on the state test.
Schools are currently required to meet 41 benchmarks on the state test to meet AYP under the federal NCLB law.
A school's Adequate Yearly Progress is calculated based on test participation, academic achievement, graduation rates, and student attendance.
The AYP graduation rate goal is currently 85%.
In a press release, Superintendent Denise Juneau said, "No Child Left Behind is a broken system that has been overdue for reauthorization by Congress for six years. We need an accountability system that provides meaningful information to educators, parents, students and communities about the educational outcomes in Montana's public schools. It's time for us to work together as Montanans to decide which measures will help us truly analyze the quality of public education in our state and use those measures to develop a new, state-based accountability system."
Chris Olszewski, curriculum director for the Great Falls Public School District, noted, "The main reason why a lot of schools who have been making considerable growth over the last 10 years are just meeting the first year of not making AYP is because they now have been overcome by that increase."