AYP & API: Why the New Federal Measure is a Crucial Complement to California’s Accountability System


California’s education is at a crossroads. This year, California and all states are required to identify which schools made adequate yearly progress (AYP) as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

We have received a number of questions about how AYP compares with California’s Academic Performance Index (API) and whether one measure is better than the other. Actually, we need both measures to help us close gaps. We respond here to some of the questions we’ve received and explain why AYP is a good fit with California’s existing accountability system.

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Published: March 2, 2004

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.