2016 Washington Achievement Awards Methodology
The Washington Achievement Award uses the State Board of Education Revised 2016 Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. Each award has individual business rules, but all schools are required to have at least 95% participation on state tests.
The award celebrates schools for:
- Overall Excellence
- High Progress
- Reading Growth
- Math Growth
- Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)
- English Language Acquisition
- Closing the Achievement Gap
Schools qualify for recognition if they are among the top 5% of schools based on the Composite Achievement Index rating. The Composite Achievement Index rating is based on proficiency and growth for schools not graduating students, and on proficiency, growth, graduation and dual credit for schools graduating students.
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 10% of schools making the most progress in the reading or ELA and math combined performance of the All Students group, using the three years of data. The Progress Score (PS) is an average of an Achievement Score (A) and an Improvement Score (I). Progress is determined in two ways:
- Achievement Score - The Achievement Score is an average of proficiency rates in both reading or ELA and math for the previous three years. Schools must have tested students in both reading or ELA and math for each of the three years. Reading or ELA and math are weighted equally.
- Improvement Score - The Improvement Score is an average of improvement from year to year for the previous three years. Schools must have tested students in both reading or ELA and math for each of the three years. Reading or ELA and math are equally weighted.
Special Recognition – Reading Growth and Mathematics Growth*
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 5% of the 3-year average Median Student Growth Percentiles (MSGPs) in reading or English language arts and/or math. To be eligible for recognition a school must have reportable school MSGPs in reading or English language arts and/or math for the previous three years.
Special Recognition – Extended Graduation Rate*
Schools qualify for recognition if the 3-year average graduation index rating for All Students is at least 9.0 AND the gap between the All Students 3-year average graduation index rating and the Targeted Subgroups 3-year average graduation index rating is less than 1.0.
Special Recognition – English Language Acquisition*
Schools qualify for recognition if they are the top 5% highest performing schools based a combination of ELA Proficiency and program transition rates of English Language Learners. Schools must have at least 20 valid ELPA21 results.
Special Recognition – Closing the Achievement Gap
Schools qualify for recognition if they have demonstrated closing the achievement gap between the reference group and the subgroup, based on two years of SBA data. Schools must close the gap by at least 10 percentage points, the subgroup performance must not decline over the two years and the All Students group must not decline.
* Priority and Focus schools not eligible for this award