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2011-12 APR Glossary-Demographic Characteristics

Glossary of terms of the Demographic Characteristics section of the 2011 Base Academic Performance Index (API) Report.

This glossary defines key terms shown on the school, local educational agency (LEA), or state Demographics Characteristics section of the Base Academic Performance Index Report, which is part of the Accountability Progress Reporting system. Terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear on this section of the Base Academic Performance Index Report. More detailed information may be found in the 2011–12 Academic Performance Index Reports Information Guide.

State Accountability: Academic Performance Index

State legislation, the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) of 1999 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 1999), established the Academic Performance Index (API), which summarizes a school's or an LEA's academic performance and progress on statewide assessments. (An LEA is a school district or county office of education.) The API also is used as an additional indicator for federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements.

School, LEA, or State Demographic Characteristics

Along with general demographic data, the 2011 Base API Report for a school, an LEA, or the state includes the demographic characteristics on which the school characteristics index for the 2011 Base API similar schools rankings is based. The data for the percentages and rates for the Demographics Characteristics section of the 2011 Base API Report were collected from these sources:

CALPADS is a system for collecting and sharing demographic data about students, schools, school districts, and education staff in the California public school system in kindergarten through grade twelve. The data are collected once a year on the first Wednesday in October that is designated as "Fall Census Day."

The STAR Program is California's statewide testing program. The three components of the STAR Program that are used in the API are: the California Standards Tests (CSTs), grades two through eleven; the California Modified Assessment (CMA), grades three through eleven in English-language arts, grades three through seven in mathematics, Algebra I, and Geometry; and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), grades two through eleven.

Race and Ethnicity

This item is the percentage of students in each race and ethnicity category taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document:

Percentages for ethnic/racial may not sum to 100 due to responses of "Other" or non-response.

Eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch

This item is the percentage of students who were eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program (also known as the National School Lunch Program) taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document. Parent education level and free or reduced-price lunch are used to represent student socioeconomic status, in determining the socioeconomically disadvantaged student group and similar schools ranks.

Participants in Gifted and Talented Education Program and Participants in Migrant Education Program

These items are the percentages of students who participated in the gifted and talented education program and migrant education program. These items were taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document.

English Learners

This item is the percentage of students who are designated as English learners (ELs) students, formerly known as limited-English-proficient (LEP) students, taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document.

Reclassified Fluent-English-Proficient Students

This item is the percentage of students who are designated as reclassified fluent-English-proficient (RFEP), taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document.

Students with Disabilities

This item is the percentage of students who are designated as students with disabilities, taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document. A student with disabilities receives special education services and has a valid disability code on the student answer document.

Mobility
Fully Credentialed Teachers and Teachers with Emergency Credentials

The percentage of teachers with full teaching credentials and the percentage of teachers in the school with emergency credentials were not collected during the 2010 CALPADS collection and are unavailable for reporting in the 2011–12 APR reporting cycle.

Enrollments

These items include the percentage of students enrolled according to grade level or grade span, taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document, and are used in the calculation of similar schools ranks.

Parent Education Level

This item is the percentage of responses indicating the education level of the student's most educated parent, taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document. The following categories are used:

Parent education level and free or reduced-price lunch are used to represent pupil socioeconomic status in determining the socioeconomically disadvantaged student group and similar schools rankings.

Average Parent Education Level

This item is the average of all parent educational level responses for a school where the following scale is used:

1 = Not a high school graduate
2 = High school graduate
3 = Some college
4 = College graduate
5 = Graduate school

Average Class Size

This item is derived by using data reported on either the Professional Assignment Information Form or the CALPADS Fall 2 collection. The item "Core academic courses in departmentalized programs" reflects average class size in the following subject areas: English, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and social science.

Enrollment in Grades Two Through Eleven on the First Day of Testing

This item is the number of students enrolled on the first day of STAR Program testing, taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document. For LEAs, this item includes special education students who receive services outside the school district but are assigned back to the school district of residence.

Students Exempted from STAR Program Testing Per Parent Written Request

This item is the number of students whose parents or guardians have requested that the student be exempted from STAR Program testing, taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document.

Number of Students Tested

This item is the number of students in grades two through eleven tested in the STAR Program, taken from the 2011 STAR Program student answer document.

Multi-track, Year-round School

This item is for school reports only. This item indicates whether or not the school is multi-track, year-round taken from the 2010–11 California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS)-Online Reporting Application (ORA) collection.

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