While more than 72 percent of Alabama public schools made the Adequate Yearly Progress list for the 2010-2011 school year, 49 school systems and 377 schools did not make it, according to reports from the Alabama State Department of Education released Monday.
In order to achieve AYP status, schools are graded on student achievement, reading and math assessments, attendance rates for elementary and middle schools and graduation rates for high schools.
These criteria are based on the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Act in which schools must meet 100 percent of their respective annual goals in all student groups to be identified as having achieved AYP. Therefore, if a school misses one goal, it knocks them off the passing list. Student groups are based on economic background, race/ethnicity, limited English, proficiency and special education.