This glossary defines key terms shown on the Summary Report, which is the overview page of the 2008–09 Accountability Progress Reporting system. Terms described below are listed in the order in which they appear on the Summary Report.
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 a local educational agency's (LEA) 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.
The 2008 Base API summarizes a school's, an LEA's, or the state's performance on the spring 2008 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and 2008 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). It serves as the baseline score, or starting point, of performance.
The 2009 Growth API summarizes a school's, an LEA's, or the state's performance on the spring 2009 STAR Program and 2009 CAHSEE. It is compared to the 2008 Base API to determine growth in the API from 2008 to 2009.
The 2008 Base API is subtracted from the 2009 Growth API to determine how much the school or LEA grew between 2008 and 2009 testing. This number is also referred to as 2008–09 API Growth and is included in the 2009 Growth API Report.
This item is for school reports only. This item shows whether the school met the state API growth targets schoolwide and met targets for all student subgroups.
A "Yes" means that the school met its 2008–09 API growth target, and a "No" means it did not. An "N/A" means that the growth and growth target could not be determined because (1) the school did not have a valid 2008 Base API, (2) the school had significant demographic changes between testing years, or (3) the API was considered to be invalid for other reasons or was not calculated due to missing data. LEAs and ASAM schools do not have growth targets and will not have these items on their reports.
The state PSAA growth target requirements are shown in the following table:
|School or Subgroup
2008 Base API
|2008–09 Growth Target|
200 - 690
|5 percent of the difference between the Base API and the statewide performance target of 800|
691 - 795
|gain of 5 points|
|gain of 4 points|
|gain of 3 points|
|gain of 2 points|
|gain of 1 point|
800 or more
|must maintain an API of at least 800|
Note: On the statewide Summary Report, the state's API is calculated in the same way as the API for a school or an LEA except that the mobility exclusion does not apply. All students taking the 2008 or 2009 assessments, therefore, are included in the state's API, with the exception of English learners who have been enrolled in U.S. schools for less than a year.
The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires that California determine whether or not each public school and LEA is making AYP.
This item indicates whether the school or LEA made AYP for 2009. 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 2009, including requirements for numerically significant subgroups. "No" means results for at least one or more criteria or one or more subgroups were below the 2009 targets.
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 English-language arts (ELA) and 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.
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 2009 California Standards Tests (CSTs), grades two through eight; 2009 California Modified Assessment (CMA), grades three through five; 2009 California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), grades two through eight and ten; and the 2009 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE), grade ten. The participation rate target is 95 percent.
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 2009 CSTs, grades two through eight; 2009 CMA, grades three through five; 2009 CAPA, grades two through eight and ten; and the 2009 CAHSEE, grade ten.
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 an LEA must have a minimum 2009 Growth API of 650 or have at least one point growth in the API from 2008 to 2009.
The 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 2009 graduation rate criteria for AYP, a school or an LEA must have a graduation rate of at least 83.1 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 2009 AYP Report for any school or LEA with students in grades nine through twelve. If Graduation Rate shows "N/A," it means the school or LEA did not have students enrolled in grades nine through twelve.
The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requires schools and LEAs receiving Title I funds to be identified for PI if AYP criteria are not met for two consecutive years.
A "Yes" in this column indicates that the school or LEA is Title I-funded and identified for PI. A "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.