All schools and local educational agencies (LEA’s) that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) are identified for Program Improvement (PI) under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The NCLB Act requires all states to implement statewide accountability systems based on challenging state standards in reading and mathematics, annual testing for all students in grades 2-8, and annual statewide progress objectives ensuring that all groups of students reach proficiency within 12 years. Assessment results are disaggregated by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, disability, and limited English proficiency to ensure that no group is left behind. Local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools that fail to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward statewide proficiency goals are subject to improvement and corrective action measures.
In California, Program Improvement (PI) is the formal designation for Title I-funded schools and LEAs that fail to make AYP for two consecutive years.
Once in PI, a school or LEA that fails to make AYP will advance further in PI status.
A PI school or LEA that makes AYP for one year will maintain the same PI status for one additional year and be required to continue implementing the applicable NCLB requirements.
In order to exit PI, a school or LEA must make AYP for two consecutive years.