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All Students Proficient on State Tests by 2014?


Analysis of California elementary school achievement data shows projected improvements in student performance will fall short of legislated benchmarks, and almost all California elementary schools would fail to meet AYP by 2014.

September 25, 2008 -- The law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), enacted in 2002, set an ambitious goal: that across the nation, every state would test students annually in reading and math, and that the number of students scoring at the level of "proficient" or higher would rise each year, until all students reached proficiency in the year 2014.

Towards that end, each state developed its own assessment tests and identified a rate of adequate yearly progress (AYP) towards full proficiency by 2014. Schools that do not meet AYP can face sanctions ranging from being identified as a school needing improvement to (after five years) being subject to corrective action and restructuring--even a complete reorganization or takeover of the school.

One of the challenges of meeting AYP is that schools, districts and states must report not only a rise in total scores... Read the full press release on NSF's website