Aug 4, 2012 7:31 PM by Montana OPI

Montana OPI releases Adequate Yearly Progress data

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau on Friday released the tenth annual Adequate Yearly Progress report (AYP) to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

A majority of Montana's public schools met the federal education requirements for yearly progress, the highest in a five-year period, despite increases in testing goals.

The report shows that 608 (74.1%) of Montana's 820 public schools currently meet the requirements of the federal law.

Juneau also released data that shows consistent improvement in student test scores over time. The current testing goals are 89.6% of students scoring proficient or above for Reading and 80 percent of students scoring proficient or above for Math.

Last year's Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for were 84.4% in reading and 70% in math. The AYP graduation rate goal is currently 85%.

In a press release, Juneau said, "We have high expectations for our public schools in Montana, and our students and teachers have been working very hard to improve test scores in reading, math and science. Their efforts are demonstrated by the continued progress in academic performance statewide."

According to the 2011 'Nation's Report Card', only one state scored higher than Montana eighth graders in math and no states scored higher in reading. In grade four math, only seven states scored higher than Montana and in grade four Reading only five states scored higher. In the latest science report card, Montana's eighth graders shared the highest score in the nation with just three other states and our fourth graders ranked second-highest.

During the 2010-2011 school year, Montana's graduation rate increased from 80.2% to 82.2%. The national graduation rate is 75.5%.

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