The results of Adequate Yearly Progress for the last school year have been released and fewer schools met the required standard.
A-Y-P is a federal measure of achievement that's determined through A-C-T data and the Wyoming Proficiency Assessment. Schools that score poorly on A-Y-P can lose the ability to decide how they spend federal funds.
David Holbrook of the Wyoming Department of Education says that those interested in how their schools fared can look at the Department’s website.
Under No Child Left Behind benchmarks, 14 Wyoming School Districts and 180 schools failed to make what is called Adequate Yearly Progress. That is a large increase from last year, but Wyoming’s Department of Education says that does not necessarily mean there is cause for alarm.
Diane Frazer oversees A-Y-P for the Wyoming Department of Education and she says the issue is that benchmarks for proficiency are higher than they have ever been. One thing she stresses is that when you look at A-Y-P and other measurement tools, Wyoming students are actually doing very well.