OSPI measures school accountability in three ways:
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is the calculation required by the U.S. Department of Education that determines if a school is meeting standard in reading and mathematics. Annual benchmarks are set according to federal rules and are based primarily on expected student performance on statewide assessments.
Special Programs and Federal Accountability, OSPI
School Improvement Grants are part of the federal Title I program, which provides money to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Priority for grant money was given to the persistently lowest achieving schools in the state. Schools were identified using a variety of factors, including performance on statewide assessments, AYP status and graduation rates.
School Improvement, OSPI
The School Achievement Index was mandated by the Washington State Legislature and adopted by the State Board of Education and OSPI in 2009. It is currently used to select schools for the Washington Achievement Award. The Achievement Index measures all schools. It tells us how our schools and districts are performing in five key areas, how they are improving over time and whether they are closing the achievement gap.
These files have been corrected and reposted as of 12/5. District and school administrators are encouraged to review their Index results and report data discrepancies by December 15, 2012 to
Sarah Rich, Policy Director, State Board of Education
Washington State Board of Education
Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200 (360) 725-6000 TTY (360) 664-3631
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