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June 17, 2003

State Board approves revised trajectory for adequate yearly progress under federal No Child Left Behind law

The State Board today approved intermediate goals for determining adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law. The Board had approved a version of these goals as part of the Illini Plan in February 2003 based on the recommendations of the Assessment and Accountability Task Force, but the U.S. Department of Education did not approve that plan.

“USDE staff said they liked the rationale behind the Illini Plan,” said State Superintendent of Education Robert E. Schiller, “but the No Child Left Behind law forces them to approve only a trajectory that has equal increments.” The trajectory may include two or three years when achievement is level, but in years when progress is required it must be equal from year to year.

The revised plan, Illini Equal Steps, still offers some of the best elements of the original plan. It sets the baseline at 40 percent meeting and exceeding state standards in reading and mathematics and maintains that level for the first two years. This timeline gives schools time to align their curricula with state standards and hire highly qualified teachers. Between the second through tenth year, 2004–2012, growth of 7.5 percent per year is called for. Between the tenth and eleventh year, when growth will be more difficult to achieve, the requirement again is level, finally reaching 100 percent meets and exceeds only in the twelfth year, 2014. More information, including a graph showing the trajectory, can be accessed at

Districts and schools will have to meet AYP targets for their entire student population, as well as for each of eight demographic groups of students in the district and school.

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