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News Release - Colorado Schools Reach Adequate Yearly Progress

Oct. 4, 2011

News Release

Colorado schools reach Adequate Yearly Progress despite increased targets

Forty-six percent of schools in Colorado made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets in 2011, down from 62 percent in 2010, a decrease resulting from the significant increase in federal performance expectations for schools and districts in 2011. Despite the increased expectations, 17 schools that had been identified for Improvement previously made enough progress to come off the Improvement list. In 2010, only five schools made enough progress to be removed from the list.

Adequate Yearly Progress is a measurement defined under the federal No Child Left Behind Act that gauges academic performance for every school and district in the country. Schools on Improvement are those that receive federal Title I funds but do not reach AYP targets in the same content area for two consecutive years.

Targets are increased every three years. Targets increased in the 2010-11 school year from 5 to 13 percentage points, depending upon the grade level and content area. Districts and schools reach their AYP targets only when the student body as a whole and all disaggregated groups of students (by race, income, English language learners and students with special needs) meet the targets, or show significant gains towards those targets.

In addition to the 17 that are no longer on School Improvement, another 30 schools on School Improvement status reached their AYP targets for the first time. If these 30 schools reach their AYP targets again next year, they will be removed from School Improvement status.

In 2011-2012, 223 schools have been identified for School Improvement out of 2,043 schools in the state.

CDE also calculates AYP for all districts in the state. In 2011, 25 percent of districts in Colorado made AYP (down from 48 percent in 2010). Fifty-three percent of districts (97 districts) made at least 90 percent of their targets. Districts are also identified for Improvement if they miss AYP targets in the same content area and grade level for two consecutive years. Eighty nine Colorado districts are on Improvement in 2011.

  • 22 districts are identified for Title IA Program Improvement Status. (This means they missed AYP targets for two or three consecutive years at the same level and content area.) These districts are required to develop or revise an improvement plan that addresses the areas in which the district did not make AYP. To meet this requirement, districts in Colorado will complete the Unified Improvement Plan (
  • 67 districts are in Corrective Action Status. (This means they missed AYP targets for four or more consecutive years at the same level and content area). For these districts, CDE is required to ensure that each district is provided with technical assistance as well as defer programmatic funds or reduce administrative funds until an approved Corrective Action plan is in place. The districts in Corrective Action also need to complete the Unified Improvement Plan.

A complete list of school and district AYP results, including the 30 schools on Improvement that made AYP for the first year, is available at For more information on AYP, visit Additionally, data will be available in SchoolView in the next few weeks.

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