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2012–13 APR Glossary-Content Area Weights

Glossary of terms of the Content Area Weights section of the 2012 Base and 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) Reports.

This glossary defines key terms shown on the school, local educational agency (LEA), or state Content Area Weights section of the 2012 Base and 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index Reports, which is part of the 2012–13 Accountability Progress Reporting system. Terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear within the 2012 Base and 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index Reports. More detailed information may be found in the 2012–13 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 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.

Test Weights (Grades Two Through Eight or Grades Nine Through Twelve)

The following tables show the test weights used in the 2012 Base and 2013 Growth API calculations for the California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Modified Assessment (CMA), California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), and California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). Grades eleven and twelve of the CAHSEE are counted in the API only if the student passed. The test weights shown in these tables do not reflect the content area weights for an individual school or LEA, which will vary based upon these weights and the number of valid test scores in each content area at the school or LEA.

Test Weights
Grades Two Through Eight

Content Area
2012–13 API
Test Weights
CST/CMA/CAPA in English-Language Arts, Grades 2-8
0.48
CST/CMA/CAPA in Mathematics, Grades 2-8
0.32
CST/CMA/CAPA in Science, Grades 5 and 8
0.20
CST in History-Social Science, Grade 8
0.20
Assignment of 200, CST in Mathematics, Grade 8
0.10

Note: The Assignment of 200 weight is assigned as scores for students
who did not take the CST in mathematics, grade eight.


Test Weights
Grades Nine Through Twelve

Content Area
2012–13 API
Test Weights
CST/CMA/CAPA in English-Language Arts, Grades 9-11
0.30
CST/CMA/CAPA in Mathematics, Grades 9-11
0.20
CST/CMA/CAPA in Science, Grades 9-11
0.22
CST/CAPA in Life Science, Grade 10
0.10
CST in History-Social Science, Grades 9-11
0.23
CAHSEE English-Language Arts, Grades 10-12
0.30
CAHSEE Mathematics, Grades 10-12
0.30
Assignment of 200, CST in Mathematics, Grades 9-11
0.10
Assignment of 200, CST in Science, Grades 9-11
0.05

Note: The Assignment of 200 weights are assigned as scores for students
who did not take the CST in mathematics, grades nine through eleven,
or the CST in science, grades nine through eleven.

Valid Scores

For the 2012 Base Academic Performance Index Report, this item is the number of students in the school or LEA tested in the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program less any mobile students who were not continuously enrolled in the school or LEA since the 2011 California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Fall Census Day to the first day of STAR Program testing. This item on the State Report includes all students regardless of mobility with the exception of English learners (ELs) who were first enrolled in U.S. schools for less than a year.

For the 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index Report, this item is the number of students in the school or LEA tested in the 2013 STAR Program less any mobile students who were not cotinuously enrolled in the school or LEA since the 2012 CALPADS Fall Census Day data collection date to the first day of the STAR Program testing. This item on the State Report includes all students regardless of mobility with the exception of ELs who were first enrolled in U.S. schools for less than a year.

Weight x Scores

This item is the product of Test Weights multiplied by Valid Scores.

Content Area Weights

Content Area Weights are the weights for each tested content area for a particular school, an LEA, or the state. Content Area Weights are based on the test weights, established by the State Board of Education, and the number of valid test scores for each test type. Content Area Weights are not needed in calculating an API but are provided on the API reports for information only.

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