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Last Updated: 02/01/2018

 Article of Interest - Michigan's High Academic Standards

Information Related To Individual School Building Adequate Yearly Progress Status
For more information, contact T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-4395, MDE, 8-05-02

The United States Department of Education released information on July 1, 2002, about the number of Title I schools identified for improvement. Because Michigan's standards for achievement are much higher than those of most states, Michigan had the highest number of schools on the list. 


New federal legislation, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, requires that schools demonstrate adequate yearly progress (AYP) in only reading and mathematics.  Michigan, however, has required that a school demonstrate adequate yearly progress in mathematics, reading, science and writing.  A school that fails to make adequate yearly progress in any one of these subjects for two consecutive years is identified for improvement.


Based on the Michigan standards, 1,513 schools were identified for improvement using achievement data from the 2000-2001 school year. However, based on the federal requirement of using only reading and mathematics, 1,106 schools would have been identified for improvement. 


When the AYP standard was adopted in 1997 by the State Board of Education, the standard was solely designed to help schools focus professional development.  There were also no immediate negative consequences, because the No Child Left Behind Law did not yet exist. Michigan is also currently revising its AYP criteria to conform with Education YES!, the state's new accreditation system. 


School districts and public school academies received a copy of their AYP status in September 2001.  On July 3, the Department of Education again sent a hard copy to schools in Michigan. For a report of your local school building's AYP status, please contact your local school district.


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