The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act requires states to hold schools accountable for their performance. Historically, this has been done through the use of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement.
In February 2012, the U.S. Department of Education approved Minnesota’s request for ESEA Flexibility, which now allows the state to hold schools accountable in a different way. Using the Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) and Focus Rating (FR), the state now measures schools on multiple indicators of success and uses those ratings in a system of recognition, accountability and support.
2012 AYP and MMR results were released in late August. These results reflect student performance on tests given during the 2011-12 school year. E-mail email@example.com with questions about the release of this data and general questions about AYP and the MMR.
Focus, Priority, and Continuous Improvement Parent Notification Requirements
Priority, Focus and Continuous Improvement schools are required to notify parents of their status as soon as they are identified and each year following until they move out of this status. Parent notification of Priority and Focus schools should occur before the school year begins; notification of Continuous Improvement schools should be done by October 1.
Notification letters must include the school’s status and how parents can be engaged in their child’s education. The letters must be in an understandable, uniform format (including alternative formats available upon request and to the extent practicable), in a language that parents can understand. The information must be provided directly to parents on school or district letterhead through regular mail or email and posted on the district website and must also be disseminated in a broader way, such as through the media, public agencies serving students and families, and by sending it home in backpacks.
The templates below may be used for parent notification after specific district information is added: