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Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

Repository archive entry for the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the Programs No Longer Administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) Section of the CDE Web site.

Added to Programs No Longer Administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) on December 27, 2018.

This information is for historical purposes only and it is possible that information contained here may not be current.


The previously administered Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was a measurement of annual achievement for public schools and districts mandated by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) under the establishment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) that reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The goal was for all students to meet or exceed state standards within a 12-year timeframe starting with the 2002–03 academic school year.

To meet AYP, districts, schools, and student groups were expected to meet three sets of requirements: (1) achieve 95 percent student participation rate on statewide tests, (2) demonstrate growth in percentage of students scoring at the proficient or above level in English language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics on statewide tests, and (3) meet established graduation rate targets, if applicable.

On December 15, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. ESSA shifted the law’s federal accountability provisions by requiring states to develop a multiple measures accountability system while also allowing greater flexibility to states in designing their accountability systems.

In March 2017, the California State Board of Education and the California Department of Education launched a new state accountability system to replace the AYP. This new, multiple-measures system provides a fuller picture of how districts and schools are addressing the needs of their students while also identifying the specific strengths and areas in need of improvement. The new accountability and continuous improvement system was implemented using an online tool known as the California School Dashboard (Dashboard).


For more information on the Dashboard, please visit the Dashboard web page.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, December 28, 2018
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