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Guiding Principles

Guiding principles for the development and implementation of the Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM).
The Alternative Schools Accountability Model:
  1. Must be technically sound and recognize the special needs and diversity of students served by alternative schools.

  2. Should support parent's and the public's right to know the levels of student performance in each alternative school and program. In addition, significant improvement in alternative schools should be recognized.

  3. Must measure growth in knowledge of content, skills, and competencies that can be taught and learned in school. Such measures should reflect state content and performance standards and other indicators that are important for populations served by alternative schools.

  4. Must identify and set reasonable standards of school performance, but should not attempt to create an artificial standard of comparison across many types of alternative schools.

  5. Must measure school performance and growth on the basis of value added characteristics of the programs within a focus on multiple program goals.

  6. Should provide accountability for all students in alternative schools and assign responsibility for improvement to appropriate schools.

  7. Must, as part of an overall accountability system, include comprehensive information and incorporate contextual and background indicators beyond those required by law.

  8. Should strive to measure growth based on student-level longitudinal data.

  9. Should be flexible and its component indicators should be stable.

  10. Should support local accountability systems and minimally burden them.

  11. Should provide schools the opportunity to participate in the main accountability system.

  12. Must conform to the requirements and intent of the Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 and other related legislation.
Questions: ASAM Team | asam@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0869 
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