Each year, schools are measured to determine if they meet adequate yearly progress, or AYP, under the federal law commonly known as No Child Left Behind. Schools are reviewed based on participation, academic performance, and an additional indicator such as attendance rate or graduation rate.

If a school does not meet AYP under the same criteria for two or more years in a row, it receives a “needs improvement” status. With each year on the needs improvement list, the consequences become more severe for the school.

Schools with a needs improvement status must offer students the option to transfer to another school in the district. Here’s how Brookhaven schools performed in 2011:

Met AYP

Elementary Schools

Ashford Park

Dresden

Montgomery

Middle Schools

Chamblee

Did Not Meet AYP

Elementary Schools

Woodward

Middle Schools

Sequoyah

High Schools

Cross Keys

Chamblee

Woodward, Sequoyah and Cross Keys are on the needs improvement list