Reagan High School Prevails in AYP Appeal
December 9, 2010 - The Texas Education Agency has informed the Austin School District that Reagan High School has won its appeal of its 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) designation. In preliminary results, the school was identified as missing the AYP target in mathematics for students with Limited English Proficiency. However, this successful appeal now means that the school has met all AYP targets.
Under the Federal AYP system, schools must meet performance standards outright, or make “Adequate Yearly Progress” towards federal performance goals. Preliminary results for Reagan indicated that the 2010 math performance of the LEP student group exceeded prior year results by 34 percentage points, far more than the nine-point improvement that was required to achieve “safe harbor” in this area.
However, to achieve safe harbor, the LEP student group also had to meet the graduation rate requirements. While the LEP student group did not meet the graduation rate measure under a new LEP definition, the group would have met the graduation rate requirements under the definition used in 2009. The School District appeal was based on the late change to the definition of the LEP graduation rate.
The Federal AYP system requires that campuses meet the performance and participation standards for two consecutive years before being removed from Title I School Improvement requirements. Although Reagan met the AYP safe harbor criterion in 2010, the school will remain at its current status of “School Improvement, Stage 5,” and will need to achieve AYP again in 2011 to be removed from school improvement requirements.
This successful appeal for Reagan means that only five AISD schools did not make AYP, although the District as a whole did not, due to Special Education requirements.