SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SCORE

School Performance Scores are based on student achievement on state standardized tests and additional measures of student success, such as credit accumulation, completion of rigorous courses and graduation.

  • In elementary school (K-6), 100% of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments in English language arts, math, science and social studies.
  • In middle school (7-8), 95% of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments in English language arts, math, science and social studies, plus 5% based on the number of students who accumulate enough credits for high school by the end of 9th grade.
  • In high school, half of the school grade is based on student achievement (25% on the ACT and 25% on End-of-Course tests) and half of the school grade is based on graduation (25% on the graduation index and 25% on the graduation cohort rate).


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. 

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.


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%).


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. Schools earn 2.8 points for each one point increase in the scores between 18 and 36. 

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.

In 2012-2013, U.S. History is the only course that will not be included in the School Performance Score.  All courses will be included in 2013-2014. 

End-Of-Course Exam Score

Points Per Student

Excellent

150

Good

100

Fair

0

Needs Improvement

0

 


GRADUATION INDEX

Schools earn points for each student who earns a high school diploma, but also score a 3 or above. Schools earn the most points for students who earn a diploma, but also score 3 or above on an Advanced Placement exam or 4 or above on an International Baccalaureate exam (Diploma ++).  Schools earn additional 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, earn credit through dual enrollment, or earn industry-based certification approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Diploma +).

Graduation Index

Points Per Student

Diploma ++

150

Diploma +

110

Diploma

100

5th Year Graduate

75

GED

25

Drop-out

0

 


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.

BONUS

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

At the elementary and middle school level, schools can earn up to 10 bonus points for making significant progress with students who were not proficient in English language arts (ELA) or math, but who made significant progress.

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

Click here to view the 2013 school report cards.