Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators:
The purpose of this letter is to provide an update regarding federal and state academic accountability reporting requirements.
On March 13, 2014, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved not to calculate the 2014 Growth and Base Academic Performance Indexes (APIs) and 2015 Growth APIs for elementary, middle, and high schools, and local educational agencies (LEAs). Since the first Smarter Balanced assessment results will be available after the spring 2015 administration of the assessments, Base to Growth comparisons will be reported in 2015–16. Specifically, the 2016 Smarter Balanced assessment results will be used to calculate the 2016 Growth API for comparison to the 2015 Base API.
Assembly Bill (AB) 484 amended California Education Code (EC) sections 52052(e)(2)(F) and 52052(e)(4). As a result, schools and LEAs that do not have an API calculated in 2013–14 and 2014–15 shall use one of the following to meet legislative and/or programmatic requirements: (a) the most recent API calculation; (b) an average of the three most recent annual API calculations; or (c) alternative measures that show increases in pupil academic achievement for all groups of pupils school wide and among significant student groups.
The California Department of Education (CDE) will produce a 3-year API average for schools and school districts in the spring of 2014.
Finally, AB 97, Chapter 47, Statutes 2013, California EC Section 52056(a) requiring API ranking of schools was repealed.
As a result, for 2013 and beyond, statewide and similar schools ranks will no longer be produced. [The preceding sentence is stricken out.] Therefore, the 2013 statewide and similar schools ranks are the final set of ranks reported and are accessible through the school-level 2013 Growth API Reports. For 2014 and beyond, ranks will no longer be produced.1
On March 13, 2014, the SBE approved three amendments to California’s Accountability Workbook:
On March 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education approved California’s testing waiver for certain statutory and regulatory requirements of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. Specifically, a one-year waiver was granted that allows flexibility in making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) determinations for schools and LEAs participating in the Smarter Balanced assessment field test.
If you have any questions regarding academic accountability, please contact Jenny Singh, Administrator, Academic Accountability Unit, by phone at 916-319-0863 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions regarding Title I Program Improvement requirements, please contact Keith Coppage, Administrator, District Innovation and Improvement Office, by phone at 916-319-0599 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Deborah V. H. Sigman, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
District, School, and Innovation Branch
cc: Accountability Coordinators
1 The last sentence was added after the original letter was sent to county and district superintendents, charter school administrators, and accountability coordinators.