SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SCORE

School Performance Scores are based on student achievement, academic indicators and measures of career and college readiness, such Carnegie credits earned through 9th grade, graduation rates, and earning Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Dual Enrollment. 

  • Elementary schools (K-6): 100 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments in English language arts, math, science, and social studies.  Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • Middle schools (7-8): 95 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments with the final 5 percent based on credits earned through the end of students’ 9th grade year. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • High schools (9-12): Half of the school grade is based on student achievement (25 percent on the ACT and 25 percent on End-of-Course assessments). Half of the school grade is based on graduation (25 percent on the graduation index, which rewards achievements like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam credit, and 25 percent on the cohort graduation rate, the percentage of students graduating in four years). Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Elementary and middle schools earn points for student achievement on annual assessments in English language arts, math, science and social studies. Total points are divided by the total number of tests to calculate the School Performance Score. In elementary school, these points comprise 100% of the school grade. In schools with an 8th grade, these points comprise 95% of the school grade. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind. 

Student Achievement Score

Points Per Student

Advanced

150

Mastery

125

Basic

100

Approaching Basic

0

Unsatisfactory

0

NOTE:  English language arts and math scores are weighted double in calculations for school performance scores. Schools may earn points for students scoring Approaching Basic or Unsatisfactory in the prior year through progress points (see definition below).


SCHOOLS WITH 8TH GRADE

Schools with 8th grade also earn points for the number of credits each student accumulates by the end of 9th grade. Total points are divided by the number of students to calculate a school average. These points comprise 5% of the school grade. 

Course Credits

Points Per Student

6

150

5.5

125

5

100

4.5

75

4

50

3.5

25

3 or less

0

3rd year 8th grade student

0

Dropout

0

 


HIGH SCHOOLS

High schools earn points for student achievement on the ACT (25%) and End-of-Course tests (25%), the graduation index (25%) and the graduate cohort rate (25%). Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.


ACT

All 11th graders take the ACT, which is a nationally recognized measure of college and career readiness. Schools may earn points for the highest score earned by a student through the spring of their senior year. 

ACT Score

Points Per Student

36

150.4

18 to 35

100 to 147.6

Less than 18

0

 


END-OF-COURSE TESTS

All high school students who are enrolled in courses with an End-of-Course test must take the test to earn credit for the course. End-of-Course tests are administered for Algebra I, Geometry, English II, English III, Biology and U.S. History.  Schools earn points for students who score Good or Excellent on each End-of-Course test. Total points are divided by the total number of tests to calculate the School Performance Score.

End-Of-Course Exam Score

Points Per Student

Excellent

150

Good

100

Fair

0

Needs Improvement

0

 


GRADUATION INDEX

Schools earn 100 points for all students graduating with a diploma. The graduation index, however, further recognizes attainment of college-credit earning scores (e.g., 3+ on an Advanced Placement exam or 4+ on an International Baccalaureate exam) and career credentials (e.g., rigorous Industry-Based Credentials). Schools may also earn points for students who earn a diploma and take an Advanced Placement test and score below 3, take an International Baccalaureate exam and score below 4, or earn credit through dual enrollment.


COHORT GRADUATION RATE

Schools earn points for the percent of students who graduate from high school within four years. This rate is calculated by dividing the number of students who graduate by the number of students who entered 9th grade four years earlier.


Progress Points

The letter grade system awards progress points to schools making progress with students who are struggling academically.

At the elementary and middle school level, schools can earn up to 10 progress points for making significant progress with students who were non-proficient in English language arts (ELA) or math, but who made significant progress.

At the high school level, schools can earn up to 10 progress points when struggling students made significant progress on the ACT series of tests (PLAN, ACT). 
 

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