questions about AYP?
If you are a school district or a school:
NMPED Assessment and Accountability Division
Dr. Cindy Gregory
(505) 827-6508 / email
If you are a parent:
Ask Community Relations
(505) 827-5800 / email
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NM Public Education Department
Public Information Office
Beverly Friedman, PIO
(505) 827-6661 / email
Danielle Montoya, PIO
(505) 476-0392 / email
Glossary of AYP technical terms
School districts and states are limited to the number of proficient scores generated by the alternate assessment for significantly cognitively disabled students. The limitation of 1% of the tested population is applied to students who scored at the proficient level on the New Mexico Alternate Performance Assessment (NMAPA). Districts that exceed this cap will have 1% of their NMAPA proficient scores randomly selected and applied to AYP calculations at the district levels. This cap is not applied at the school level and does not change a student’s score.
2% proxy method
New Mexico is implementing the one-year 2% proxy method using the 2007-2008 data. This method was approved as part of the Accountability Workbook I by The U.S. Department of Education on June 21, 2008. Schools that did not make AYP solely on the proficiency of Special Education students can add to the proportion of proficient scores by an equivalent of 2% of the population eligible for an alternate assessment. This is a proxy for students who would have scored at the proficient level had a modified assessment been available to them.
This flexibility is for only the current year and will be handled through the appeals process. Once a modified assessment is developed by New Mexico and approved by the U.S. Department of Education, this proxy will no longer be needed. More details of the procedure for calculating the proxy can be reviewed on page 27 of the June 16, 2008, Accountability Workbook.
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
AYP stands for adequate yearly progress. It represents the annual academic proficiency targets in reading and math that the state, school districts and schools must reach to be considered on track with the federally mandated goal of 100% proficiency by school year 2013-14
Annual Measurable Objective (AMO)
Specified annual targets based on the percent of students identified as proficient in reading/English language arts and mathematics
When a reporting group does not make Adequate Yearly Progress by meeting the Annual Measurable Objectives, then a confidence interval approach is used. The confidence interval approach is a simple statistical test that determines whether the observed percentage of a group meeting a proficiency criterion is significantly lower than the AMO for that test.
The following formula is used to compute confidence factors for AYP targets:
n = the number of students
z = the critical value (PED is using a 99% confidence level, so z= 2.33)
p = AYP target (Annual AYP Goal), expressed as a proportion (e.g., .3370)
q = 1-p
For a technical explanation, please contact Dr. Tom Dauphine: Tom.Dauphine@state.nm.us
Source: Statistical Methods in Education and Psychology, Glass and Hopkins 1996
FAY stands for full academic year. For AYP profiency calculations, students continuously enrolled in the school for a full academic year at the time of testing are counted. A full academic year, in this context, is defined as continuous enrollment in the same school from test cycle to test cycle (e.g. Spring 2007 to Spring 2008).
New Mexico calculates graduation rates in a uniform manner for all school districts. Identifying the number of seniors who graduated from a high school and dividing that number by the number of seniors who were enrolled in the school on the 40th day of the same year determines graduation rate.
Safe harbor is an opportunity for a school to show growth for subgroups that did not make AYP. If a subgroup did not show AYP by meeting the proficiency target (by percent proficient or the confidence interval) a school may demonstrate that the subgroup made AYP by all other measures (participation, attendance/graduation rate) and has diminished the proportion of non-proficient students in that subgroup by 10%.