No Child Left Behind Program (NCLB) 

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a federal law that requires states to evaluate the performance of every school every year. Under NCLB, the State sets targets and determines whether schools are making "Adequate Yearly Progress" towards meeting those targets (otherwise known as "making AYP"). Students at schools missing AYP for two or more years may have the opportunity to transfer or receive tutoring, as described below.


For a list of schools with AYP results, click  here.


Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP is calculated by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) each year for each school. In order to make AYP, a school must meet the following criteria:

  1. 95% of the total student population and each subgroup* population must take the state test.  State tests include ISAT, PSAE, and IAA.
  2. The school must meet the state performance targets for the state test.  In the 2010-2011 school year, the state target was 85% of students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math. 
  3. All subgroups with at least 45 students must meet the state performance target in reading and math or make Safe Harbor.**
  4. The school must meet or exceed the state target for attendance (elementary schools) or graduation rate ( high schools).


*Subgroups include specific categories of students such as students with disabilities, students from major racial and ethnic groups, and English Language Learners.
**Safe Harbor is a way for a school to make AYP for a subgroup by showing improvement in the percent of students that meet state standards in that subgroup from one year to the next.


School Improvement Status

Schools receiving federal funding that do not make AYP for two consecutive years are identified as “schools in need of improvement.” Each year that the school does not meet AYP, the school is moved to the next category of school improvement. At each phase of school improvement, a different intervention is implemented at the school. A list of school improvement categories and the required interventions is below:


# Years not making AYP

School improvement category

Required interventions

2 Choice School choice transfer offered*
3 Choice-SES School choice transfer and Supplemental Education Services (SES) tutoring*
4 Corrective Action School choice transfer, SES tutoring, and school implements one of the following:
-- Extended day/year
-- Staffing changes
-- Implement new curriculum
-- Decreased school-level management authority
-- Restructure school organization; or
-- Appoint outside experts to advise school
5 Restructuring Planning School choice transfer, SES tutoring, and school develops a restructuring plan
6 Restructuring Implementation School choice transfer, SES tutoring, and school implements its restructuring plan, which may include:
-- Replace principal and/or staff
-- Select outside management agency to operate
-- Other major governance change

*School choice and SES tutoring are provided to students on a priority basis as authorized by NCLB.


School report cards

For more information on AYP and NCLB school improvement status, you can view your school's report card on the Illinois State Board of Education Opens in a new window icon website. You can also find and compare information about our schools online.


School Improvement Plan (SIPAAA)

Schools identified as being in need of improvement under NLCB must have a school improvement plan in place. This plan is also known as the SIPAAA. The SIPAAA lists the actions your school is taking to improve student performance. The SIPAAA will include information on the school's curriculum, professional development for teachers, and how funds are being spent.

A copy of each school’s SIPAAA is available under the school’s profile at this website and at each school’s main office.


NCLB Public School Choice

If your child currently attends a select group of elementary or high schools you can apply to transfer to another school. Click here to learn how.


Supplemental Educational Services

SES provides additional academic instruction, specifically in reading and math, outside of the regular school day to increase the academic achievement of students in low-performing schools.Click here to learn more.

Contact information

Office of Academic Enhancement
125 South Clark Street
4th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-3350 / 553-3360
Fax: (773) 553-2061
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