Categories of Title I School Improvement

    Category I – Schools in Need of Improvement

    These schools did not achieve AYP and have an achievement gap of more than 25% in attaining the state standards in either language arts literacy or mathematics. The progress achieved by these schools demonstrates that significantly greater assistance is needed to reach full state standards.

    • This includes those schools that met the above criteria for one or more grade levels, even though they also achieved Category II, Schools in Performance Monitoring, in another grade level. *

    Category II – Schools in Performance Monitoring

    These schools did not achieve AYP; however the schools have demonstrated the ability to make progress toward incrementally eliminating the achievement gap; 25% or less of students failed to achieve the state standards in one content area. If AYP is not made in the next academic year the school will enter Category I. This category includes those schools that met the above criteria even though they also achieved Category III, Schools Approaching the Standards in another grade level. *

    Category III – Schools Approaching the Standards

    These schools have nearly achieved AYP; less than 5% of students have not achieved state standards in only one content area. These schools are likely to meet the state standards within one academic year. However, if AYP is not made in the next academic year the school will enter Category II. This category includes those schools that met the above criteria even though they also achieved Category IV, Schools Receiving Conditional Approval in another grade level. *

    Category IV – Schools Receiving Conditional Approval

    These schools have achieved their designated AYP and are progressing toward meeting the state standards; they must be monitored for maintenance of achievement. This category includes those schools that met the above criteria even though they also achieved Category V, Schools Receiving Full Approval in another grade level. *

    Category V – Schools receiving Full Approval

    These schools have met state standards in at least one of the prior two years in each subject area.

    Category VI – Schools Demonstrating Excellence

    These schools have always met or exceeded state standards and may be considered exemplary models of success.

    Note:

    • A school that has varying levels of achievement on both the ESPA and GEPA is placed in the highest risk category.

    Category Matrix 2002 – 2003 School Year

    Category I

    Referred for review by district team to identify causes for poor performance. School becomes a top priority for intensified district support for researched-based programs and technical assistance.  

     

    Failed to Meet Both Standard and AYP

    Category II

    Notification that the school must strengthen improvement efforts. Monitored for increased student performance by district team. School receives district support for researched-based programs and technical assistance

    Category III

    Monitored for increased student performance by district team. School receives district support for researched-based programs and technical assistance.  

     

    Met AYP or Approached Standard

    Category IV

    Monitored for continued improvement of student performance by district team. School receives district support for researched-based programs and technical assistance.

    Category V

    Recognition for meeting state standards  

    Exceeded AYP or
    State Standard

    Category VI

    Recognition for meeting and or exceeding state standards. Candidate for Exemplary Schools Program.