A school that fails to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years enters “school improvement” status under the No Child Left Behind Act. Many schools are classified under improvement status for failing in just one subject with just one subgroup. Others fail for multiple subjects, grade levels, and subgroups. Schools that receive federal Title I funds and continue not to meet AYP may have to offer families the option of tutoring or transferring to a better school. If a school does not meet AYP for five years, it will have to be restructured or taken over by the state.

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