- What is this Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report?
- Did this school meet all AYP measures?
- Did this school meet any AYP targets through Safe Harbor?
- Did this school meet any AYP measures through the Growth Model?
- Did this school meet any AYP measures through the appeals process?
- What does this report mean for WHITTIER EL SCH?
- What can parents do?
This report is a summary of your school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results. The purpose of AYP is to ensure that all students have reading and mathematics skills that prepare them for the future. Adequate Yearly Progress measures whether each school has met the improvement goals established by No Child Left Behind. For a school to "Make AYP," students in the school must meet goals in three areas: (1) Attendance (for schools without a high school graduating class) or Graduation (for schools with a High School graduating class), (2) Academic Performance, and (3) Test Participation. For WHITTIER EL SCH, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) taken by students in Grade 3, 4 and 5 is used to determine Academic Performance and Test Participation in Reading and Mathematics. To learn more about AYP, click the "About AYP" link at the top of the page.
WHITTIER EL SCH met 16 out of 17 AYP measures in 2011-12. Because AYP requires meeting all of the measures, this school did not meet AYP requirements. Since schools that miss even one target "Do Not Make AYP," this status does not necessarily mean it is a chronically failing school.
For WHITTIER EL SCH, the "Did Not Make AYP" status means that improvement is needed in:
- Reading Performance by the Black/African American non-Hispanic student group.
The performance chart and/or data table can show more details about how this school performed.
Safe Harbor is achieved when a subgroup has greatly improved since the previous year — even though it did not meet the state goal. (The measure for Safe Harbor improvement is at least a 10% reduction of the percentage of students who scored below Proficient for Reading or Mathematics from last year to this year).
In WHITTIER EL SCH, no test performance targets were met by Safe Harbor.
The Growth Model recognizes the efforts of schools and districts/LEAs whose students have not achieved proficiency but are on trajectories towards proficiency on future PSSA exams. The Growth Model will be calculated for Performance Indicators (i.e., the all student group and up to nine subgroups). Projected scores are calculated for all students - including students who are proficient. If a projected score cannot be calculated for a particular student, the student’s actual score is used. The Growth Model will be applied to an AYP Performance Indicator only if the indicator cohort has not met AYP performance by any of the existing goals or targets. Actual, not projected, PASA scores, PSSA-M scores, 3rd grade scores, and 11th grade scores are always used, as well as the scores for any students with insufficient data points to make a projection.
|Grade Last Tested||Scores used in Growth Model Calculation|
|3||Actual Grade 3 Scores|
|4||Projected Scores in Grade 6|
|5||Projected Scores in Grade 7|
|6||Projected Scores in Grade 8|
|7||Projected Scores in Grade 8|
|8||Projected Scores in Grade 11|
|11||Actual Grade 11 Scores|
WHITTIER EL SCH met AYP measures by the Growth Model in:
- Reading Performance by the Students Overall group.
- Reading Performance by the Economically Disadvantaged student group.
When initial AYP results are announced each year, schools and districts/LEAs have the opportunity to review the data that is utilized to determine AYP and request changes through the Bureau of Assessment and Accountability to correct any errors. Also, schools and districts/LEAs have the opportunity to appeal the AYP rulings through the Pennsylvania Department of Education if they believe their AYP identification was in error for statistical or other substantive reasons.
In WHITTIER EL SCH, no test performance targets were met by Appeal.
The 2011-12 school year is the first year that this school did not meet all AYP measures. In the first year of not meeting AYP, a school is placed in "Warning" status. Warning means that the school fell short of the AYP targets but has another year to achieve them before any consequences are imposed. This school should review its improvement strategies and create a school improvement plan so that it can meet AYP next year.
If this school meets all AYP measures next year, it will be considered on track to meet the goal of all students attaining proficiency in Reading and Mathematics by the year 2014. If this school does not meet AYP next year, it will be designated as needing improvement and will be placed into the "School Improvement I" category. Click the "About AYP" link at the top of the page to learn more about AYP requirements and AYP status levels in Pennsylvania.
There are several ways to get involved in your child's education and to help your child and your child's school succeed.
- Make sure your child is in school: Please make sure your child is attending school every day, including testing days.
- Help your child succeed: The most important requirements of AYP are your child’s achieved performance and demonstrated growth in Reading and Mathematics.
- Work with your child's teacher to help your child succeed in school. Your child's teacher can help you find resources and provide insight and suggestions for you to help your child reach his or her full potential.
- If your child was tested in Spring 2012, you should receive a printed Parent Report that outlines your child's performance on the Assessment. This report includes educational activities to do with your child and is a good starting point to discuss your child's performance with their teacher.
- Get involved: You can join your school's Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) or volunteer at your child's school. Contact your child's school for information on other ways to get involved.