No Child Left Behind / Adequate Yearly Progress
Measuring AYP for Public Schools in Illinois
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires all states to measure each public school's and district's achievement and establish annual achievement targets for the state.
The overarching goal is for all students to meet or exceed standards in reading and mathematics by 2014.
Each year, the state will calculate a school or district's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) to determine if students are improving their performance based on the established annual targets. Through links on this website, you can review the federal law and regulations regarding AYP.
About Illinois' AYP Accountability Plan
In July of 2003, the U.S. Department of Education approved Illinois' plan for aligning state accountability processes with the new federal law. The plan was developed through consultation with a broad-based task force of education, business, parent and civic representatives.
In August of 2003, Governor Rod Blagojevich signed into law two statutes modifying the School Code to conform with NCLB. One modifies the state testing system (PA 93-0426); the other modifies the state's Academic Early Warning and Watch List processes (PA 93-0470).
State law (PA 93-0470) now defines consequences for all schools that fail to meet AYP criteria for consecutive years. Title I schools and districts are subject to additional consequences including school choice, Supplemental Educational Services, corrective action and restructuring.
The Adequate Yearly Progress Appeals Advisory Committee created by 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25m shall process school and district appeals through an appeals advisory committee. The appeals process applies to all appeals from school districts pertaining to school or district status levels, recognition levels, or corrective action. The committee shall be composed of 9 members appointed by the State Superintendent of Education as follows:
- One representative of each of 2 professional teachers' organizations.
- Two school administrators employed in the public schools of this State who have been nominated by an administrator organization.
- One member of an organization that represents school principals.
- One member of an organization that represents both parents and teachers.
- One representative of the business community of this State who has been nominated by a statewide business organization.
- One representative of City of Chicago School District 299.
- One member of the public.
Five members of the committee shall serve for terms of 2 years, and 4 members shall serve for terms of 3 years. The State Superintendent of Education shall appoint initial members on or before July 1, 2003. The committee shall annually elect one member as chairperson.
The committee shall hear appeals and, within 30 calendar days after a hearing, make recommendations for action to the State Superintendent of Education. The committee shall recommend action to the State Superintendent of Education on all appeals. The State Board of Education shall make all final determinations.