No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a federal law that requires states to evaluate the performance of every school every year. Under NCLB, the State sets targets and determines whether schools are making “Adequate Yearly Progress” towards meeting those targets (otherwise known as “making AYP”). Students at schools missing AYP for two or more years may have the opportunity to transfer or receive tutoring, as described below.

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP is calculated by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) each year for each school. In order to make AYP, a school must meet the following criteria:

  1. 95% of the total student population and each subgroup* population must take the state test.  State tests include ISAT, PSAE, and IAA.
  2. The school must meet the state performance targets for the state test.  In the 2009-2010 school year, the state target was 77.5% of students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math.
  3. All subgroups with at least 45 students must meet the state performance target in reading and math or make Safe Harbor.**
  4. The school must meet or exceed the state target for attendance (elementary schools) or graduation rate ( high schools).

*Subgroups include specific categories of students such as students with disabilities, students from major racial and ethnic groups, and English Language Learners.
**Safe Harbor is a way for a school to make AYP for a subgroup by showing improvement in the percent of students that meet state standards in that subgroup from one year to the next.

Our Next Meeting November 2010

Jose de Diego Delegates:

Chairperson- Marisol Constanza
Vice chairperson- Nancy Free
Recording Secretary- Lillie Ramos
Corresponding Secretary- Anna See
Cluster Delegate- John Sanchez and Theresa Hanson
Alternate Delegate- Alma Mendez