This study examines the No Child Left Behind Act system and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) rules for 28 states. We selected 36 real schools (half elementary, half middle) that vary by size, achievement, diversity, etc. and determined which of them would or would not make AYP when evaluated under each state's accountability rules. If a school that made AYP in Washington were relocated to Wisconsin or Ohio, would that same school make AYP there? Based on this analysis, we can see how AYP varies across the country and evaluate the effectiveness of NCLB.

Compare data from the 28 states in our study. Click here for the full-size map.

State Reports

 Arizona
California
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas

Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Dakota

Ohio
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Texas
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming


Yun Xiang is a Research Specialist at the Northwest Evaluation Association. Yun’s areas of expertise include growth modeling, program evaluation, and handling of large datasets. Her recent published works and presentations include an investigation of achievement gaps and summer loss, applications of growth modeling in evaluating schools and addressing student mobility, an analysis of school productivity by comparing…

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