This glossary section defines key terms shown on the School or LEA Content Area Weights, which is a sub-report of the full 2004–05 API Growth Report. Terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear in the headings on the sub-report.
API reports are provided for schools and local educational agencies (LEAs). An LEA is a school district or county office of education.
Grades 2-8 or Grades 9-11
Test Weights are fixed weights, established by the State Board of Education (SBE) as the weights for each tested content area used in the API. Test Weights reflect the amount of emphasis given to each test type and content area used in the API calculation and are applied at the student level. Test Weights are shown as decimals rather than percentages to distinguish them as student test level weights (rather than school or LEA level Content Area Weights). The SBE adopted separate Test Weights for grades two through eight and for grades nine through eleven. These weights are the same for the API Base and API Growth within an API reporting cycle.
This item is the number of students in the school or LEA tested in the 2005 STAR Program less any mobile students who were not continuously enrolled in the school or LEA since the 2004 CBEDS data collection date.
This item is the product of Test Weights multiplied by Valid Scores.
Content Area Weights are the weights for each tested content area for a particular school or LEA. Content Area Weights are school or LEA level weights and are unique to each school or LEA. These weights are based on the Test Weights, established by the SBE, and a school's or LEA's grade span configuration and number of valid test scores in each content area. Content Area Weights are not needed in calculating an API but are provided on the API reports for information only. Content Area Weights differ from Test Weights because they are school level weights (rather than student test level weights), and they are not the same for all schools. In addition, although the Test Weights established by the SBE remain the same within an API reporting cycle, a school's unique Content Area Weights within a reporting cycle may differ slightly for the API Base and Growth (e.g., 2004 API Base and 2005 API Growth). The amount of difference will depend on the amount of variation in the counts and grade levels of test takers in the base year (e.g., 2004) and the growth year (e.g., 2005) at the school or LEA.