Improvement List Sees Temporary Balloon
Gongwer News Service, June 30, 2003
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The list of schools under sanction for having not met adequate
yearly progress two years in a row will grow by as many 1,000
schools in the next few days. But that list will likely drop
back down to about 200 schools after the next release of
Michigan Educational Assessment Program data.
Department of Education officials said the U.S. Department of
Education had disagreed with their interpretation of the No
Child Left Behind Act, forcing the state to add the schools back
onto its list of schools needing improvement.
Essentially, the 1,000 schools had not made adequate yearly
progress (AYP) under the state's old definition of the term, but
did under the new formula, said Jeremy Hughes, the state's chief
educational officer. The federal law provides a one-year
reprieve for those schools that only made AYP for one year.
State officials had interpreted that to mean those schools that
had met AYP for one year did not have to be added to the list of
schools needing improving. But federal officials said it meant
only that the schools were not advanced to the next level of
Because the schools had not met AYP for one of the two years
under the new law, they were required to offer tutoring programs
or transportation to a school that had met AYP for two years
Mr. Hughes said the department will be sending letters to those
districts shortly offering them the choice of offering summer
school programs with the funds they were supposed to set aside
for the tutoring and transportation or of saving those funds for
use next year if they do not make AYP.
But he expected most of the schools being added to the needs
improvement list to be taken back off once new MEAP scores are
released in July.
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