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2014 AYP Alternative Methods & Special Conditions

Description of alternative methods and special conditions used to calculate and report the 2014 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report.
Accountability Reporting for 2013–14

The 2014 AYP will be produced for high schools and high school local educational agencies (LEAs) that had enrollment in grades nine, ten, eleven, and/or twelve on Fall Census Day in October 2013. Because the AYP will only be produced for high schools and high school LEAs, the assessment results used will be based on the grade ten 2014 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) and/or California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) results. These assessments will be processed for participation rates and percent proficient according to the standard procedures. The graduation data will also be used to make determination for the graduation rate indicator within AYP.

Schools or Local Educational Agencies with Limited Results

High schools and high school LEAs that did not have CAHSEE, CAPA, and/or four-year graduation rates were evaluated using alternative methodologies. These alternatives are identified below.

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. Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) schools, that are direct-funded charter schools, receive graduation rates based on the schools' own data.

C5 = County average 5-year graduation rate: The county average five-year cohort graduation rate was used as an alternative to meeting the graduation rate criteria for county-run schools and COEs, and their 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, county-run schools, COEs, and state special schools and their student groups must meet the following: (1) the number of graduates in the five-year cohort rate contained at least one additional graduate than the four-year cohort and (2) the five-year graduation rate was 1.0 percentage point higher than the four-year graduation rate.

C6 = County average 6-year graduation rate: The county average six-year cohort graduation rate was used as an alternative to meeting the graduation rate criteria for county-run schools and COEs, and their 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, county-run schools, COEs, and state special schools and their student groups must meet the following: (1) the number of graduates in the six-year cohort rate contained at least one additional graduate than the four-year cohort and (2) the six-year graduation rate was 1.0 percentage point higher than the four-year graduation rate.

DA = District average: For schools without test results used in AYP, calculations were based on the school district averages. 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 average 5-year graduation rate: The district average five-year cohort graduation rate was used as an alternative to meeting the graduation rate criteria for ASAM schools with grade twelve students and their 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, ASAM schools and their student groups must meet the following: (1) the number of graduates in the five-year cohort rate contained at least one additional graduate than the four-year cohort and (2) the five-year graduation rate was 1.0 percentage point higher than the four-year graduation rate.

D6 = District average 6-year graduation rate: The district average six-year cohort graduation rate was used as an alternative to meeting the graduation rate criteria for ASAM schools with grade twelve students and their 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, ASAM schools and their student groups must meet the following: (1) the number of graduates in the six-year cohort rate contained at least one additional graduate than the four-year cohort and (2) the six-year graduation rate was 1.0 percentage point higher than the four-year graduation rate.

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 2014 AYP Criteria" column on the report.

ER = Enrollment 50: Schools, LEAs, or student groups with 50 students enrolled met the participation rate criteria by having at least 47 students tested.

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 than the four-year cohort and (2) the five-year graduation rate target was 1.0 percentage point higher than the four-year graduation rate target.

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

SA = State average: For schools without test results, calculations were based on the school district averages. If school district values are not available, county averages were used. If county averages are not available, then the state averages were used. For LEAs (school districts and COEs) without test results, county averages were used. For LEAs that do not have county averages, the state averages were used.

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.

6Y = 6-yr graduation rate: The six-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 six-year cohort rate contained at least one additional graduate than the four-year cohort and (2) the six-year graduation rate was 1.0 percentage point higher than the four-year graduation rate.

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

Special Conditions and Exclusion Descriptions

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, in the current year, do not have a graduation rate reported.

PY12: Schools without grade twelve enrollment or at least one graduate in the prior year, and a graduation rate was not calculated in the prior year.

PY50: Schools, LEAs, or student groups had fewer than 50 students in the prior year graduation rate denominator, and a graduation rate was not calculated in the prior year.

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 the current year's graduation data do not have a graduation rate reported.

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 2014 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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