Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was the cornerstone of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. In Michigan, it measured year-to-year student achievement on the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) for elementary and middle schools, or the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) for high schools from its beginning in 2001 until the 2011-2012 school year. Other indicators, such as the number of students who participate in the assessments and graduation rate for high schools, were also considered in the calculation.
In the summer of 2012, Michigan was approved for flexibility from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The approved flexibility waiver from the United States Department of Education has created a new and exciting method for looking at school accountability in the State of Michigan. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the Michigan Department of Education will release Michigan School Scorecards as the indicator of school and district compliance, assessment participation and assessment performance requirements in fulfillment of Michigan's approved ESEA Flexibility. For more information on Michigan's ESEA Flexibility, please visit www.mi.gov/eseaflex. The Michigan Department of Education's AYP initiatives are handled by: Office of Evaluation, Strategic Research and Accountability (OESRA) Office Phone: 877-560-8378 Office Email: MDE-Accountability@michigan.gov