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Document Number: 5970

Okay to be Different? MS Word PDF - Differences in how states calculate adequate yearly progress (AYP) - mandated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act - abound. NCLB requires the main indicators to be student performance on academic assessments, but the designated "other indicator" also contributes to determining AYP, and the indicator chosen varies across the states. For elementary and middle schools, most states have selected attendance as the other indicator, although states calculate attendance differently. This article presents examples of how attendance rates are calculated as well as examples of states not using attendance as the other measure. For high schools, NCLB requires states to use the graduation rate, and this article discusses the range of goals for graduation-rate targets across the states. (Kathy Christie, Phi Delta Kappan, February 2005. Reprinted with permission.)...
Author: Kathy Christie
Publisher: Phi Delta Kappan

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