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2013 AYP Alternative Methods & Special Conditions

Description of alternative methods and special conditions used to calculate and report the 2013 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report.
Schools or Local Educational Agencies with Limited Results

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires that all schools be included in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reporting. Not all schools contain grades for which AYP data are collected. A number of alternative methodologies to combine and report data are required to ensure all schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) receive an AYP report.

Only schools and LEAs with 2013 California Standards Test (CST), California Modified Assessment (CMA), or California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) results in grades two through eight and/or California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) or California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) results in grade ten were processed for participation rates, percent proficient, and Academic Performance Index (API) according to the standard procedures. Other schools and LEAs were evaluated using alternative methodologies.

Alternative Methods and Exclusion Descriptions

CA = County average: For schools without test results used in AYP, calculations were based on the school district averages. If school district values are not available, countywide averages were used. For LEAs (school districts and county offices of education [COEs]) without test results, countywide averages were used. For COEs that oversee schools that serve high school students, countywide average graduation rates were used for both the schools and the COEs.

CI = Passed using confidence intervals: Small schools and LEAs with fewer than 100 valid scores have adjusted Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) to account for the small number of test scores. These schools and LEAs met the adjusted percent proficient criteria using a confidence interval methodology. Small schools and LEAs with fewer than 50 valid API scores are exempt from the API requirement for AYP.

DA = District average: For schools without test results used in AYP, calculations were based on the school district averages. Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) schools, with grade twelve enrollment, that are administered by a school district have districtwide 4-year cohort graduation rates. ASAM schools, that are direct-funded charter schools, receive graduation rates based on the schools' own data.

D5 = District 5-year Cohort Graduation Rate: ASAM schools, with grade twelve enrollment, that are administered by a district are assigned a 5-year cohort graduation rate based on their districts’ data, when available. ASAM schools, that are direct-funded charter schools, receive graduation rates based on the schools' own data.

EN = Enrollment less than 50: Schools or LEAs with less than 50 students enrolled do not have participation rate criteria, and "Yes" is shown for schoolwide or LEA-wide in the "Met 2013 AYP Criteria" column on the report.

ER = Enrollment 50 to 99: Small schools and LEAs with 50 to 99 students enrolled have slightly adjusted participation rate criteria to account for the small numbers. These adjusted criteria also apply to numerically significant student groups within a school or an LEA that has at least 100 students enrolled. Schools, LEAs, or student groups with 50 students enrolled met participation rate criteria by having at least 47 students tested. Schools, LEAs, or student groups with between 51 and 99 students enrolled met participation rate criteria by having a participation rate of at least 95 percent with the rate rounded up to the nearest whole number.

5Y = 5-yr graduation rate: The five-year cohort graduation rate was used as an alternative to meeting the graduation rate criteria for LEAs, schools, or student groups that did not make the state goal or the annual growth target for the four-year cohort graduation rate. To have this alternative method applied, LEAs, schools, or student groups must meet the following: (1) the number of graduates in the five-year cohort rate contained at least one additional graduate and (2) the five-year graduation rate target was 1.0 percentage point higher than the four-year graduation rate target.

G9 = Grade 9 only: High schools without grade ten CAHSEE and CAPA results but with grade nine CST results have participation rates and percent proficient based on grade nine CST results. However, if the school fails the participation rate in mathematics for grade nine, then grade eleven CST results are used.

G1 = Grade 11 only: High schools without grade ten CAHSEE and CAPA results and grade nine CST results, but with grade eleven CST results have participation rates and percent proficient based on grade eleven CST results. However, if the school fails the participation rate in mathematics for grade eleven, then the district average is used.

OT = Other: In very rare cases, special calculations may have been used due to unique situations.

PS = Pair and share: California testing begins in grade two. For schools with only kindergarten and/or grade one, the second grade scores for the schools to which these students matriculate were used. This is also referred to as "pairing and sharing." For schools that do not supply pair and share data, the school district or county values are used (DA or CA).

SH = Passed by safe harbor: The school, LEA, or student group met the criteria for safe harbor, which is an alternate method of meeting the percent proficient (AMO) if a school, an LEA, or a student group shows progress in moving students from scoring at the below proficient level to the proficient level.

Y2 = Passed by using 2-year average: Schools, LEAs, or student groups that did not meet the AYP 95 percent participation rate or percent proficient AMO criteria using a one-year formula met the participation rate or AMO using a two-year formula.

Y3 = Passed by using 3-year average: Schools, LEAs, or student groups that did not meet the AYP 95 percent participation rate or percent proficient AMO criteria using a one- or two- year formula met the participation rate or AMO using a three-year formula.

Special Conditions and Exclusion Descriptions

DE = Data error: Growth API is not reported for this school because there was a 20 or more percentage points decrease in students continuously enrolled from the 2012 Base API to the 2013 Growth API or the LEA reported a potential data error in this area.

NC = Non certified CALPADS data: Data was not certified through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) (used for graduation rate).

NG12 = No grade 12 data: Schools without grade twelve enrollment or at least one graduate in the cohort, either in the prior or the current year, do not have a graduation rate reported.

U50 = Graduation less than 50: Schools, LEAs, or student groups that have fewer than 50 students in the graduation rate denominator (graduates plus non-graduates) in either the prior or current year's graduation data do not have a graduation rate calculated and the graduation rate criteria do not apply.

YMA = Yes, met on appeal: The school, LEA, or student group met the criteria because its appeal was approved.

Note: The original data for the school, LEA, or student group are shown on the 2013 AYP Report, even though the alternative method or special condition is used as the criterion, unless the school, LEA, or student group did not have results for enrollment, valid scores, and/or graduation rate. In those cases, the alternative data are shown on the report.

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