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Baseline or Starting Point

The No Child Left Behind Act defines the process of calculating the baseline or starting point for AYP. NCLB specifies that the state must establish a starting bar or measuring point for the percentage of students who must be at the proficient level, which may be based upon the lowest achieving schools (schools at the 20th percentile in the state) or lowest achieving demographic subgroup in the state, whichever is higher, or at a higher point.