COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 154

August 5, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Guidelines for Determining the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) of Small n Schools

 

Beginning with the calculation of adequate yearly progress (AYP) for the 2005-2006 school year, the U.S. Department of Education approved Virginias use of 50 or 1 percent (capped at 200) of the enrolled student population, whichever is greater, as the minimum n for purposes of calculating adequate yearly progress (AYP) and applying the 95 percent participation rate requirement at the state, division, and school levels.

 

Virginia uses the three most recent years of statewide assessment data to automatically calculate the pass rate to determine if a small n school met the Annual Measurable Objectives. A small n school that meets the Annual Measurable Objectives in reading and mathematics using this method will make AYP. A school that does not make AYP by using this method will be declared To Be Determined (TBD) on the reports provided to school divisions.

 

Schools labeled TBD may submit a body of evidence to their school division for consideration. Based on the evidence submitted, the school division will make an AYP determination for the school and forward that decision, with an explanation for its basis, to the Department of Education by September 12, 2005, for validation and inclusion in statewide data reports. The Department of Education will consider the school divisions recommendation for the AYP status of Title I schools but, ultimately, it will make the final decision for Title I schools. If no evidence is submitted to the department on behalf of a school by September 12, 2005, that school will not make AYP.

Attachment A contains guidelines that school divisions should follow in determining the AYP status for its small n schools, along with a form to submit the AYP determination to the Department of Education.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Duane Sergent, reports and grants manager, duane.sergent@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 371-2929.

 

JLD/BAS/hmt

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf154a.doc