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Title 1 Site Navigation Program Improvement Title I Programs home Title I Homepage Other Title I Programs Schoolwide Programs home Targeted Assistance Programs

Definitions of Program Improvement Terms

  • School in Program Improvement. A school that fails to make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years must be identified as “needing improvement.” Schools identified must develop or revise an improvement plan, which must be approved by the State, and devote to professional development an amount equivalent to 10 percent of its annual Title I funds.
  • Adequate Yearly Progress. Adequate yearly progress, often abbreviated AYP, is a measure of annual improvement made by a school as evaluated by the State academic assessment.
  • Subpopulations. NCLB requires states, districts, and schools to report progress for specific subpopulations as well as composite school results. Subpopulation refers to economically disadvantaged students, major racial/ethnic groups, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency.
  • Domain. For Title I program improvement purposes, domain refers to reading and math since these are the two areas tested on the State assessment.
  • Stakeholder Group. Title I law requires schools to both include and inform stakeholder groups in the planning and implementation of the program. Stakeholder groups refer to parents, community members, school board members, teachers, administrators, students.
  • School in Corrective Action. A school in corrective action is a school that has not made adequate yearly progress for four consecutive years and then enters into the corrective action phase of the program improvement timeline.
  • School in Restructuring/Alternative Governance. A school that has failed to make progress for five consecutive years. The first year of restructuring may be used for planning; the plan for the reconstituted school must be implemented no later than by the second year. timeline.
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Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
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Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

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