Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is the calculation required by the U.S. Department of Education that determines if a school is meeting standard in reading and mathematics. Annual benchmarks are set according to federal rules and are based primarily on expected student performance on statewide assessments.
School Improvement Grants are part of the federal Title I program which provides money to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Priority for grant money was given to the persistently lowest achieving schools in the state. Schools were identified using a variety of factors, including performance on statewide assessments, AYP status and graduation rates.