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Last modified: Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Media Advisory: IU official available to comment on 2006 Adequate Yearly Progress

April 5, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jonathan Plucker, director of the Center on Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University Bloomington, is available to comment on the release of the 2006 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standings for Indiana's school corporations. The results were released yesterday (April 4).

AYP is an accountability measure put in place by the federal "No Child Left Behind" law. According to the U.S. Department of Education, schools that don't demonstrate adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years are identified as needing improvement and subject to "immediate interventions." The department describes those interventions as "beginning with technical assistance and then more serious corrective actions if the school continues to not make Adequate Yearly Progress."

Plucker has analyzed the effects of No Child Left Behind in the state of Indiana. A CEEP Policy Brief in 2005 took stock of the implementation up to that point ( ). At that time, Plucker said significant flaws in the program made it unlikely that any state would meet the program's goals by 2014. The study also points out that states have complained about the AYP provision, saying it doesn't grant credit for gains made in the corporations if student achievement doesn't meet the AYP standards.

CEEP promotes and supports rigorous, nonpartisan program evaluation and policy research primarily, but not exclusively, for education, human services and non-profit organizations. Its research uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Plucker can be reached at 812-855-4438 and To learn more about CEEP, go to