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Glossary for the 2005 APR-Summary

Summary section of the glossary for the 2005 Accountability Progress Report (APR).

This glossary defines key terms shown on the Summary sub-report of the 2005 Accountability Progress Report. Terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear on the sub-report.

State Accountability: Academic Performance Index (API)

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 local educational agency's (LEA) academic performance and progress on statewide assessments. The API also is used as an additional indicator for federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements.

2004 API

The 2004 API score summarizes a school's or LEA's performance on the spring 2004 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and 2004 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). It serves as the baseline score, or starting point, of performance and is also referred to as the 2004 API Base.

2005 API

The 2005 API score summarizes a school's or local educational agency's (LEAs) performance on the spring 2005 STAR Program and 2005 CAHSEE. It is compared to the 2004 API Base to determine growth in the API and is also referred to as the 2005 API Growth.

Growth in the API from 2004 to 2005

The 2004 API score is subtracted from the 2005 API score to determine how much the school or LEA grew between 2004 testing and 2005 testing, also referred to as 2004–05 API Growth.

Met Schoolwide 2004–05 API Growth Target

This item is for school reports only. This item shows whether the school met the state API growth target for the school as a whole (but does not include whether subgroups met growth targets). The API is used in both state and federal target criteria. The state criteria for the API differ from the federal criteria. Under state requirements, the API target varies from school to school and depends on a school's 2004 API Base score. If the school's 2004 API Base is less than 800, the schoolwide API growth target is 5 percent of the difference between the school's 2004 API Base and the statewide performance target of 800 (minimum growth of one point). If the school's 2004 API Base is 800 or more, the schoolwide API growth target is to maintain an API of 800 or more on its 2005 API Growth score. LEAs and schools in the Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) do not have API growth targets. 

A "Yes" for this item means that the school met its 2004–05 API growth target, and a "No" means it did not. An "N/A" in this column means that the growth and growth target could not be determined because (1) the school did not have a valid 2004 API Base, (2) the school had significant demographic changes between testing years, (3) the school was in the ASAM, or (4) the API was considered to be invalid for other reasons or was not calculated due to missing data. LEAs do not have growth targets and will not have these items on their reports.

Note: A 2005 Accountability Progress Report is calculated for the state as a whole. On this report, the state API is calculated in the same way as the API for a school or LEA except that the mobility exclusion does not apply. All students taking the 2004 or 2005 assessments, therefore, are included in the state API.

Federal Accountability: Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires that California determine whether or not each public school and LEA is making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Made AYP

This item indicates whether the school or LEA made AYP for 2005. The possible values are "Yes" or "No." The report for a school or an LEA displays a "Yes" only if the school or LEA met all of its AYP criteria for 2005, including requirements for numerically significant subgroups. "No" means results for at least one or more criteria were below the 2005 targets.

Met AYP Criteria

AYP criteria encompass four areas: participation rate, percent proficient (also referred to as Annual Measurable Objectives or AMOs), API as an additional indicator for AYP, and graduation rate. Each of these four areas has specific requirements. Participation rate and percent proficient criteria must be met in both ELA and in mathematics.

"Yes" in a column means that all criteria for the area were met. "No" in a column means one or more criteria for the area were not met. "Yes by Appeal" in a column means the school or LEA met the criteria based on approval of its appeal. If Graduation Rate shows "N/A," it means the school or LEA did not have students enrolled in grades nine through twelve.

Participation Rate

The Participation Rate is the rate at which students participated in the assessments used to determine the percentage of students at or above the proficient level in ELA and mathematics. The assessments used were the 2005 California Standards Tests (CSTs), grades two through eight; 2005 California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), grades two through eight and ten; and the 2005 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), grade ten. The participation rate target is 95 percent. 

Percent Proficient

Schools, LEAs, and numerically significant subgroups must meet percent proficient targets (or AMOs) in ELA and mathematics on the assessments used in AYP calculations. The assessments used were the 2005 California Standards Tests (CSTs), grades two through eight; 2005 California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), grades two through eight and ten; and the 2005 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), grade ten.

API - Additional Indicator for AYP

The API is used to meet part of the federal AYP requirements under NCLB. The federal API requirements differ from the state API requirements. Under federal requirements, a school or LEA must have a minimum API of 590 OR have at least one point growth in the API in addition to meeting the other federal AYP targets (participation rate, percent proficient, and graduation rate) in order to make AYP for 2005.

Graduation Rate

This Graduation Rate calculation corresponds to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) four-year completion rate. This rate includes information on high school graduates and high school dropouts aggregated over a four-year period. To meet the 2005 graduation rate criteria for AYP, a school or LEA must have a graduation rate of at least 82.9 percent, OR improvement in the graduation rate of at least 0.1 from the previous year, OR improvement in the graduation rate of at least 0.2 in the average two-year rate. Graduation rates are calculated and displayed on the 2005 Accountability Progress Report with as few as one student in grades nine through twelve.

Federal Accountability: Program Improvement (PI)

The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving Title I funds to be identified for Program Improvement (PI) if Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria are not met for two consecutive years.

Program Improvement (PI)

PI is a formal designation for Title I-funded schools and LEAs that do not make AYP for two consecutive years. A Title I school becomes PI if it does not make AYP for two consecutive years in the same content area (ELA or mathematics) or on the same indicator (API or graduation rate). An LEA becomes PI if it does not make AYP in the same content area (ELA or mathematics) and does not meet AYP criteria in the same content area in each grade span (grades two through five, grades six through eight, and grade ten) or it does not make AYP on the same indicator (API or graduation rate). A "Yes" in this column indicates that the school or LEA is Title I-funded and identified for PI. "No" in this column indicates the school or LEA is Title I-funded but not identified for PI. "Not Receiving Title I Funds" means the school or LEA does not receive Title I funds and would not have a PI report.

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