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2008 Adequate Yearly Progress
Under No Child Left Behind Accountability Requirements

KEY POINTS
State Assessments Grades 3-8

  1. Data for grades 3-5 and 6-8 are aggregated for AYP calculations if grade spans are housed in the same school.  AYP is calculated separately if they are housed in different schools.

  2. Results for students enrolled after July 1, 2007 are not included in the calculations.  For more information, see www.nj.gov/education/title1/accountability/ayp/time_in_school.shtml.

  3. Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA) results for proficiency are added to the special education and other subgroup calculations.  Participation for students taking the APA is included.

  4. For limited English proficient (LEP) students, the full flexibility of the law is applied.  Results for students who have exited from English language instructional programs are included for up to two years.

  5. For the racial/ethnicity student subgroup, any combination of Hispanic coding, i.e., Hispanic and White, students are counted in the Hispanic category only.

  6. A 95% confidence interval (CI) is applied to all proficiency measures for both the total school and student subgroup performance.  A 75% CI is applied for safe harbor calculations.  Refer to Understanding Accountability in New Jersey for 2008 State Assessments at www.nj.gov/education/title1/accountability/ayp/0809 for more information.

  7. For participation calculations, the student count is 40, that is, subgroups with 40 or more students are calculated.  For proficiency, the student count is 30:  subgroups must have 30 or more students to be calculated for proficiency.

  8. Subgroup minimum numbers apply for aggregated grade span calculations.  For example, a subgroup minimum of 40 is applied for aggregated 3-5 test participation and 30 for proficiency.

  9. A dash (-) in the “Made 95% Participation Rate” and “Made AYP Benchmark Target” columns denote no students or less than the required number of students in a student subgroup.

  10. Participation averaging is applied if a school or LEA generally achieves 95% participation but misses it on a particular year.  Then, participation rates for three years can be averaged to meet the 95% rate.

  11. Safe harbor is calculated for the total population and all student subgroups.

  12. Safe harbor is attained if the proportion of students in the subgroup or the total population scoring partially proficient is reduced by 10% over the previous year.

  13. For 2008 only, safe harbor is calculated using an alternative method for grades 5-8 that statistically links the old and new tests.  The table below provides those linked scores on the 2008 test for each grade and subject area.

  14.  

    Linked Cut Score

     Grade

    Language Arts Literacy

    Mathematics

    5

    161

    203

    6

    190

    205

    7

    190

    181

    8

    188

    175



  15. New targets are established for grades 3-8 for both content areas.
  16. Language Arts Literacy Targets

     

    Grades 3-5

    Grades 6-8

    School Years

    Original Target

    New Target

    Original Target

    New Target

    2008-2010

    82

    73

    76

    72

    2011-2013

    91

    86

    87

    86

    2014

    100

    100

    100

    100

    Mathematics Targets

     

    Grades 3-5

    Grades 6-8

    School Years

    Original Target

    New Target

    Original Target

    New Target

    2008-2010

    73

    69

    62

    61

    2011-2013

    85

    84

    79

    80

    2014

    100

    100

    100

    100



  17. IEP exempt students are calculated for AYP; exemption refers to graduation requirements only.

  18. Schools currently identified as in need of improvement that have too few students to be analyzed in all the subgroups remain in their current improvement status.

  19. The secondary indicator (attendance rate) is included.