Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is a method for determining if schools, districts and the state have made adequate progress in improving student achievement. AYP is based on participation and performance on state assessments, as well as attendance rates for elementary and middle schools and, for high schools, graduation rates. For the 2011-2012 school year, this school did not make AYP. More information on the school's performance on the AYP measures is provided below.
USD 418 McPherson received a waiver from the US Department of Education which permitted the district to use the ACT and Explore assessments instead of the Kansas reading and mathematics assessments in grades 6, 7, 8 and 12. Students who scored at benchmark on these assessments are shown as 'Meets Standard' on the assessment tables. Students who did not reach benchmark are included in the 'Approaches Standard' performance level. Students with disabilities for whom the ACT or Explore were not an appropriate assessment took the Kansas Assessment of Modified Measures (KAMM) or the Kansas Alternate Assessment in reading and mathematics. The waiver applies to the McPherson Middle School (#6038), McPherson High School (#6040) and the district. The elementary schools gave the Kansas reading and mathematics assessments in grades 3-5.