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For Immediate Release
August 1, 2005

State Board of Education moves quickly to release
Adequate Yearly Progress status to schools
Reports issued months earlier than in previous years

Springfield, Ill. – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) School Status Reports to 1,738 Illinois schools and 289 districts. ISBE issued the reports based on spring 2005 testing results following a data correction and approval window. This year’s reports are being released months earlier than in any previous year.
When Governor Blagojevich appointed seven new members to the State Board in September of 2004, one of his top charges to the group was to address the persistent delays and inaccuracies in providing data to local schools and districts.  The new State Board addressed this issue as one of its first initiatives to help schools, students and parents.
“We know that in the past, the timeliness and accuracy of these reports has been a big problem for schools,” said State Board Chairman Jesse Ruiz.  “When the Governor called on us to help schools in Illinois, this is one of the issues he was talking about. Knowing how important it is for schools to have this information as early as possible, we made this a top priority.”
ISBE did not issue AYP School Status Reports for Spring 2004 testing until November of 2004. Accurate reports based on spring 2003 testing were not released until June of 2004.  The extreme delay caused serious difficulties for schools and districts whose School Improvement Status required them to communicate the option of School Choice and Supplemental Education Services (SES) to parents.
“I congratulate the State Board on its success in getting timely, accurate information to schools,” said Gov. Blagojevich.  “When I named the new Board last fall, I made it clear that it needed to fix the agency’s practice of issuing late, inaccurate reports.  I applaud the Board’s work to eliminate a chronic problem that had caused schools difficulties for years.”
In addition to getting the AYP School Status Reports out to schools more quickly, the State Board is helping districts and schools that must offer School Choice and SES by providing sample letters to send to parents. 
“Schools need reports that are on time and correct. Our staff has worked closely with schools and districts to get accurate information into their hands as soon as possible this year,” said Randy Dunn, State Superintendent. “We know that schools need time to communicate with parents before the start of a new school year. Speeding up our data collection and review process has helped them do that.”
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 calculates a school or district's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) to determine if students are improving their performance based on the established annual targets. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) calculations in Illinois are based on three factors:

  1. the percent of reading and math scores that meet or exceed standards, compared to the 2005 state target of 47.5 percent for the aggregate and a 95 percent confidence interval for subgroup performance;
  2. the participation rate of students in taking the state tests, which must meet or exceed 95 percent; and
  3. the attendance rates of students in elementary and middle schools, and the graduation rates of students in high schools, which must meet or exceed the state's 2005 targets of 89 percent elementary and middle school attendance rate and 67 percent high school graduation rate.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777