Under the No Child Left Behind law, all students are to score at the proficient or advanced levels in math and reading by 2014. To help Missouri schools achieve this goal, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has created benchmarks for the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test each year called adequate yearly progress, or AYP.
To make AYP, all subgroups must achieve the performance goals set or the school is considered failing in progress. Subgroups include various ethnic groups, special education students, students not fluent in English and those receiving free lunches. And only subgroups with 30 or more students are included in calculating AYP.
Title I schools are those schools that receive federal money to offer extra assistance to poor children. Sikeston, New Madrid, Kelly, Scott Central, East Prairie and Charleston elementary schools receive Title I funding.