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
Washington State Achievement Index is designed as a unified state and federal system intended to meaningfully differentiate among schools. For the first time, the index includes student growth model data and proficiency measure creating a snapshot of a school's performance based on statewide assessments. We can compare how a school performs in reading, writing, math, science, reading and math growth, and graduation rates. The achievement index is a joint project between the
State Board of Education and the
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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