State Accountability Ratings
The overall design of the accountability rating system is a performance index framework. Performance indicators are grouped into four indexes that align with the goals of the accountability system. The structure for evaluation of performance across the four indexes affords multiple views of campus and district performance. Performance across the four indexes are used to assign accountability rating labels based on performance targets that are set for each index.
Index 1: Student Achievement. Provides a snapshot of performance across subjects, on both general and alternative assessments, at the satisfactory performance standard.
Index 2: Student Progress. Provides a measure of student progress by subject and student group independent of overall student achievement levels.
Index 3: Closing Performance Gaps. Emphasizes advanced academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged student group and the lowest performing racial/ethnic student groups at each campus or district.
Index 4: Postsecondary Readiness. Emphasizes the importance for students to receive a high school diploma that provides them with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs, or the military.
Campuses that receive an accountability rating of Met Standard are eligible for distinction designations. Campus distinction designations will be based on campus performance in relation to a comparison group of campuses. The following campus distinction designations will be awarded in 2013:
· Top 25% Student Progress
· Academic Achievement in Reading/English language arts
· Academic Achievement in Mathematics
With a performance index framework, poor performance in one subject or one student group does not necessarily result in an Improvement Required accountability rating. However, disaggregated performance will be reported and districts and campuses are responsible for addressing performance for each subject and each student group. The disaggregated performance results will serve as the basis of safeguards for the accountability rating system to ensure that poor performance in one area or one student group is not masked in the performance index.