CDE says AYP won’t be ready until November

This year's final Adequate Yearly Progress and Academic Performance Index reports won't be released until November, officials at the California Department of Education announced this week.

Districts will receive initial results on September 1 and the public release of data is scheduled for September 9.

But key elements will be missing as a result of technical problems with the state's California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System. Data covering the 2010 graduation and dropout rates as well as the California Modified Assessment results for Algebra I in grades 7 and 8 cannot be completed until November because of software problems that have plagued CalPADS for much of the last year.

CDE anticipates the final release of AYP/API results, inclusive of all the required data, on November 15.

The department will, however, calculate tentative AYP status for the September 1 deadline.

Jenny Singh from the CDE's Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division, said that districts and/or school sites that might have failed AYP will receive one of three identifications in September:

- pending

- no

- or safe harbor

Singh said each of these designations are being used to identify districts and/or sites that are consider on the watch" list. The "watch" list includes those districts and/or sites that had previously not been identified for Program Improvement but failed to meet AYP in 2009.

Districts or schools receiving the "pending" identification have been found to have met all other conditions but need the final graduation and dropout rates as well as the California Modified Assessment results in November to finalize their status.

The "no" label means that a district or school has missed making the target in another identified area and has been determined based on that score to be in program improvement regardless of the outcome of the delayed data.

"Safe harbor" is similar to "pending" in that if a district or school appears to have met all AYP targets but still must wait for final data calculations, they would not be identified until the November release.

Meanwhile, the California State Board of Education moved earlier this week to request from the U.S. Department of Education a waiver from the 14-day parent notification for high schools that are in program improvement.

It is unclear, however, whether the waiver will be granted.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan agreed to give states relief from the 14-day rule for the 2009-10 school year but he has said nothing about extending that another year. In fact, Duncan has expressed his support in the past for expanding the notice to 30 days to give parents even more time to consider school options.