Superintendent's Memo #203-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 29, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Approval of Asian Students as a Subgroup in Virginia’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Calculations

At its meeting on February 27, 2011, the Board of Education approved a proposed amendment to Virginia’s Consolidated State Application Accountability Plan to add Asian students as a subgroup to be used in AYP calculations for the first time in the 2012-2013 school year, based on data from the 2011-2012 school year.  The United States Department of Education has approved the Board’s submission of Virginia’s amended state accountability plan.

As required by Section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v)(II) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, AYP must include separate measurable annual objectives for continuous and substantial improvement in the achievement of economically disadvantaged students; students from major racial and ethnic groups; students with disabilities; and students with limited English proficiency (LEP). According to Virginia’s amended state accountability plan, subgroups are identified for AYP calculations when they exceed five percent of the student population. Virginia will now disaggregate student data by the following major racial/ethnic groups:  White (not of Hispanic origin), Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic, and Asian.  Data will also continue to be disaggregated by the subgroups of economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and LEP students.

The approved “minimum n” size under Title I will be applied to the Asian subgroup in the same manner as the other identified subgroups in the state. Virginia uses 50 or 1 percent (capped at 200) of the enrolled student population, whichever is greater, as the “minimum n” for purposes of calculating AYP and applying the 95 percent participation rate requirement at the state, division, and school levels.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Mrs. Veronica Tate, director, Office of Program Administration and Accountability, at or at (804) 225-2870.