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AK Department of Education Releases Statewide School Performance Status
Three of Ten Ketchikan Schools Listed As Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)


August 20, 2003
Wednesday - 7:30 pm

For the first time in the history of our state and nation, the Alaska public now will have the necessary information about the performance of their public schools that can be used to

"Making AYP isn't easy. In fact, it's very, very hard. There's one way to make AYP and many ways of not making it."...
Roger Sampson
make significant strides in school and student performance.

Alaska Education Commissioner Roger Sampson today released a preliminary list of 283 schools statewide that did not meet all the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the most sweeping school reform legislation in our nation's history. There are a total of 488 Alaska public schools included in the Alaska Department of Education's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) calculations. The information released today by the Alaska Department of Education is based on Alaska student performance standards and student assessments in reading, writing and math.

Sampson cautioned that the Preliminary AYP list reveals just part of the story about a school. Commissioner Sampson urged school officials, teachers, parents and communities to take a closer look at the results of their local schools to pinpoint where progress needs to be made and to see where schools are doing an excellent job. "We need to identify excellent schools in our state and show schools that need improvement how to succeed,' Sampson said. "There are many excellent schools in Alaska, some of which did not meet every AYP target, that have successes to share."

Ketchikan Schools Listed As Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

Point Higgins School     Title 1 school
Valley Park Elementary      Title 1 school
Ketchikan Charter School      Title 1 school

Ketchikan Schools Listed As Not Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

Houghtaling Elementary     Level 1     Title 1 school
Ketchikan Correspondence     Level 1     Title 1 school
Ketchikan High School     Level 1
Revilla Jr/Sr High School     Level 1
Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility     Level 1
Schoenbar Middle School     Level 1     Title 1 school
White Cliff Elementary School     Level 1      Title 1 school

Alaska's schools have a lot of work to do to fully meet the No Child Left Behind Act, Sampson said today at a statewide news conference originating in Anchorage. But schools are up to the task, he said. "The AYP list provides valuable information. Our job is to evaluate the data, see what needs to be done and do it."

No Child Left Behind (NCLB), passed by Congress in January 2002, requires schools to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) with groups of students or be designated as needing improvement. Groups of students include: students with limited English proficiency; students with disabilities; economically disadvantaged students; African-Americans; Alaska Natives; American Indians; Asians; Hispanics; and Caucasians. There are a number of targets a school must meet.

  • 64.03% of students school-wide and in nine ethnic and socio-economic groups must achieve a score of proficient in language arts on statewide tests.
  • 54.86% of the same groups of students must achieve proficient on statewide math tests.
  • The test scores used for determining AYP are the Alaska Benchmark Exams for grades 3, 6, and 8; the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam at grades 10; and the CAT-6 (TerraNova) normed referenced tests in grades 4, 5, 7, 9.
  • 95% of a school's student body, and each group of students, need to take the assessments in order to meet the AYP target.

There are 31 targets that a school must reach or the school does not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). A school can be on the list by not making AYP with as few as one group of students on one test or by not making AYP with all categories of students on both tests. This means NCLB does not allow schools to hide the performance of a single group of students in a school's average performance. The AYP targets are so rigorous that if all students in a school score proficient on tests, a school will not make AYP if 95% of the students in a school are not tested.

Schools on the list for the first time are called Level 1 schools; for the second year, Level 2; for the third, Level 3; for the fourth, Level 4.

Once a school has reached Level 2, the school must meet AYP targets for two consecutive years for the group for which it missed making the target in order to be removed from the list.

Targets, called Annual Measurable Objectives by NCLB, increase over time. In 2013-2014, 100% of students in every group and school-wide must achieve proficiency on state tests, as depicted in the following table:

 School Year

 Annual Measurable Objective for Language Arts

Annual Measurable Objective for
2001-02  64.03% 54.86%
2002-03  64.03% 54.86% 
2003-04  64.03% 54.86%
2004-05  70.03% 62.38% 
2005-06 70.03%  62.38% 
2006-07 70.03% 62.38% 
2007-08 76.03% 69.9% 
2008-09  76.03%  69.9% 
2009-10  76.03% 69.9% 
2010-11  82.03%  77.42% 
2011-12 88.03% 84.94%
2012-13  94.03%  92.46% 
2013-14  100% 100%

Commissioner Sampson said No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is important. "NCLB tells us whether every group of students is learning the basics in reading, writing and math," he said. "Some schools are teaching the basics very well; some of them are not. Schools need to be able to teach the basics before they can branch out and reach excellence in other

"There are many excellent schools in Alaska, some of which did not meet every AYP target, that have successes to share."...
Roger Sampson
areas. A lot of our schools are doing that already. We need to help the schools that are not."

Sampson urged Alaskans to exercise caution when looking at the AYP list. "Making AYP isn't easy," he said. "In fact, it's very, very hard. There's one way to make AYP and many ways of not making it. We all need to be realistic about the list we are releasing today. The "all or nothing" nature of NCLB will be very difficult for many of our schools on a year by year basis, particularly schools that serve diverse student populations. A school may be doing a very good job as a whole but miss the mark for all but a few students. We need to look very closely at the results, analyze them carefully and target improvements to students and schools that are not measuring up to NCLB in every way."

Sampson pointed out that NCLB is also important for further pinpointing achievement gaps between groups of students. By requiring groups of students to make AYP, NCLB does not allow a school's average test scores to mask problem areas.

Different consequences apply to schools that receive federal Title I funding from those that do not receive Title I funding. However according to the Alaska Department of Education, all Level 1 schools need to inform parents about their AYP status, and develop and implement a plan for improvement.

If a Title I school does not make AYP for two consecutive years, the school enters Title I school improvement status. In that case, parents will be given a choice, if practical, for their child to attend a different school in their district that made AYP, or the school must offer supplemental services to students.

Requirements get progressively more in depth for Level 3 and higher schools. Almost all the schools on this year's statewide AYP list are Level 1 schools.

A few facts about AYP:

  • A school meets AYP targets when the students at a school achieve proficiency targets in reading, writing and math.
  • Student proficiency is determined by student scores on state Benchmark Exams, High School Graduation Qualifying Exam and the Terra Nova CAT-6 nationally normed test.
  • Schools will be on AYP list if they miss annual proficiency targets, called Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) in language arts and math.
  • For 2003-2004, AMOs are 56% of students proficient in math; 64% proficient in language arts.
  • Schools can miss AYP for 31 reason in 9 categories: students with limited English proficiency; students with disabilities; economically disadvantaged students; African-Americans; Alaska Natives; American Indians; Asian; Hispanics; and Caucasians.
  • The entire school misses AYP if only a single category of students misses the AMO target, so schools cannot mask the performance of a single group.
  • Schools can also miss AYP if they do not test at least 95% of their student body and 95% of each category of students. No group of students can be excluded from the AYP accountability system.
  • Schools that do not meet AYP will be reported by AYP levels - for this year, Level 1 to Level 4. Level 1 means a school did not meet AYP for one year; Level 2, missed AYP for two years; Level 3, missed AYP for 3 years, and so forth.
  • Most of the schools on Alaska's AYP list will be Level 1 schools.
  • Excellent schools will be on the AYP list, as will poor performing schools. The list will tell only part of the story. Alaskans will need to look deeper into each school's report to get a more complete understanding of that school's performance.


Related Information:

Statewide - List of Schools Meeting AYP

Statewide - List of Schools Not Meeting AYP

Statewide - List of Schools Meeting & Not Meeting AYP

AYP Lists by Subgroup

Related story & reports:

KGBSD Releases Detailed Summary of Local Schools' AYP Results; District Reports Percentage of Ketchikan Students At Each Statewide Assessment Level & Measures of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)...
Published: Thursday - August 21, 2003 - 1:15 pm


Source of News & AYP Information:

Alaska Department of Education
Web Site


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