This glossary defines key terms shown on the Summary Report, which is the overview page of the 2009–10 APR 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's) 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 2009 Base API summarizes a school's, an LEA's, or the state's performance on the spring 2009 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and 2009 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). It serves as the baseline score, or starting point, of performance.
The 2010 Growth API summarizes a school's, an LEA’s, or the state's performance on the spring 2010 STAR Program and 2010 CAHSEE. It is compared to the 2009 Base API to determine growth in the API from 2009 to 2010.
The 2009 Base API is subtracted from the 2010 Growth API to determine how much the school or LEA grew between 2009 and 2010 testing. This number is also referred to as 2009–10 API Growth and is included in the 2010 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 2009–10 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 2009 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
2009 Base API
|2009–10 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 2009 or 2010 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 year.
The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that California determine whether or not each public school and LEA is making AYP.
This item indicates whether the school, LEA, or the state made AYP for 2010. 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 2010, including requirements for numerically significant subgroups. "No" means results for at least one or more criteria or one or more subgroups were below the 2010 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. “N/A” means the data were not available or not applicable, i.e., the school or LEA had fewer than 50 valid scores.
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 2010 California Standards Tests (CSTs), grades two through eight; 2010 California Modified Assessment (CMA), grades three through eight; 2010 California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), grades two through eight and ten; and the 2010 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 2010 CSTs, grades two through eight; 2010 CMA, grades three through eight; 2010 CAPA, grades two through eight and ten; and the 2010 CAHSEE, grade ten.
The API is used to meet part of the federal AYP requirements under ESEA. The federal API requirements differ from the state API requirements. Under federal requirements, a school or an LEA must have a minimum 2010 Growth API of 680 or have at least one point growth in the API from 2009 to 2010.
Beginning with the 2010 AYP, a school or an LEA with grade twelve students must meet one of three graduation rate targets to make AYP: (1) a 2010 graduation rate of at least 90.00, (2) a 2010 fixed growth target rate, or (3) a 2010 variable growth target rate. The fixed and variable growth targets are unique to each school and LEA.
“Yes" in this column means that graduation rate criteria for AYP were met. "Yes by Appeal" in this column means that the criteria were met based on an approved appeal. "No" in this column means that the criteria were not met. "N/A" means that the school or LEA (1) did not have grade twelve enrollment or dropout data in one or both years or (2) had fewer than 50 students in the graduation rate denominator in one or both years (graduates plus dropouts).
The federal ESEA 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.