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 recieved 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 recieved and explain why AYP is a good fit with California’s existing accountability system.