Is there someone that can explain exactly what this means?
John H. Walker Middle School did not make AYP in 2006. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of New Jersey in terms of student performance and other accountability measures. See John H. Walker Middle School's test results to learn more about school performance.
AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) is a tool that is required by NCLB (No Child Left Behind), that determines whether a public school or school district is making “annual progress” towards the academic goals established by each state.
AYP helps identify schools as needing improvement, corrective action or restructuring because they are not making the required progress. Under NCLB, the ultimate goal is that all students must meet the state’s standards for proficiency in language arts and math by the year 2014.
Although it is a bit more complicated than this, basically order to make AYP, each subgroup in the school or district must meet the state goal for the percentage of students scoring at or above “proficient" level on assessments, as well as the school or district as a whole scoring at this level.
The good news is that John H. Walker Middle School did make AYP for the 2008-9 school year!
There are two factors that determine whether or not a school makes AYP in New Jersey: proficiency targets and participation rates.
Proficiency Targets: Assessment results from the GEPA, NJASK and HSPA (New Jersey's Assessments for determining proficiency in a specific subject) are aggregated by subject (Language Arts and Math) and school level (Elementary, Middle, and High).
For Middle Schools, (the target % is different for every school level) the % of students that must be classified as proficient for the School to pass this AYP target are: Language Arts Literacy 66% and Math 49%.
Participation Rates: A school must have at least 95% of its students participate in the relevant New Jersey Assessments. This includes subgroups divided by race, economic status, and students with disabilities.
For John H. Walker Middle School to make AYP it must have 95% of its students, including all of its subgroups, participate in the relevant New Jersey Assessment(s) and have their aggregated scores be at least 66% in Language Arts Literacy and 49% in Math.
The web resource below contains a detailed link to New Jersey's method for determining if a school made AYP.