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2014 Elementary School Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the California Distinguished School Awards Program 2014.

In order to be eligible to apply for the 2014 California Distinguished School Awards, elementary schools must meet requirements in the following areas:

Eligible Grade Levels

The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed standard criteria to define schools as elementary, middle, or high for the API. For the purposes of the California Distinguished School Awards Program, schools are required to use the school type assigned to them by those criteria. A school defined as “elementary" on its API Report has met the grade level eligibility requirement for the 2014 cycle. Information regarding school type designations may be found in the 2012–13 Academic Performance Index Reports Information Guide available on the CDE API Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/].

Previous Distinguished School Status

2012 Distinguished Elementary are not eligible to apply this cycle as their recognition for being a Distinguished School is valid for four years. They may apply for recognition again in the 2016 cycle.

Number of Years in Operation

Schools must have been operating since 2011–12 in order for growth results to be calculated for the API and be eligible.

Accountability Results

In order to apply for the Distinguished School Award, schools must meet the API and CTAG eligibility criteria:

  1. API Eligibility

    Schools must meet all of the following requirements:

    • Schools must have 30 or more valid test scores.
    • Schools must be at or above the 60th percentile on the schoolwide 2013 Growth API target: API ≥ 833.
    • Schoolwide 2013 Growth API must meet or exceed the school's growth target.
    • All numerically significant subgroups must make their growth targets.
  1. CTAG Eligibility

    In addition to the API eligibility criteria above, schools must also meet the specific CTAG criteria based upon the school’s student population as described below:

    Category 1: Schools with one or more numerically significant disadvantaged subgroups* and a numerically significant white and/or Asian subgroup.

    Category 2: Schools without a numerically significant white or Asian student group.

    Category 3:The schoolwide and all student groups that were numerically significant in both years (i.e., Base and Growth) have a 2013 Growth API at or above the 90th percentile: API ≥ 917.

    *Disadvantaged subgroups, for CTAG purposes, are defined as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged (SED), or English learners (ELs).

Category 1: Category 1 schools must meet the both A and B CTAG criteria to be eligible to apply for the California Distinguished School Award.

  1. All numerically significant disadvantaged subgroups improved equal or greater than the average statewide 2013 API growth for their subgroup:

    Black or African American ≥ 6 points
    Hispanic or Latino ≥ 9 points
    SED ≥ 9 points
    ELs ≥ 9 points

    AND

  2. At least one of the numerically significant disadvantaged subgroups grew more than the white or Asian numerically significant subgroup by one or more points. If the white or Asian subgroup growth declined, the “more than” growth calculation is made from zero.

Category 2: Category 2 schools must show that all numerically significant subgroups grew more than the average statewide API growth for that subgroup. The average statewide 2013 API growth for each subgroup is:

Black or African American ≥ 6 points
Hispanic or Latino ≥ 9 points
SED ≥ 9 points
ELs ≥ 9 points

Category 3: The schoolwide and all student groups that were numerically significant in both years (i.e., Base and Growth) have a 2013 Growth API at or above the 90th percentile: API ≥ 917.

Intervention or Sanction Status

Schools that are subject to the School Assistance and Intervention Team interventions are not eligible to apply for this program. Schools that are subject to federal Program Improvement (PI) sanctions (PI year 3, 4, and 5) are likewise, not eligible to apply for this program.

Schools in the Process of Correcting Data

The 2013 API reports were released for public information in the fall of 2013. Districts may, on behalf of their schools, make data corrections for API. Schools for which districts are making data corrections may begin the 2014 Elementary Application process if their district offices are confident the schools will ultimately meet the eligibility criteria based on the final API reports released in January 2014. It is the responsibility of these schools to determine if they are willing to submit an application by the December 16, 2013, deadline, knowing that final eligibility for these schools will not be determined until January 2014.

Schools With Testing Irregularities

Schools for which districts have concluded that an adult testing irregularity occurred are ineligible to apply.

Schools With Outstanding State and Federal Issues of Non-Compliance

While outstanding issues of non-compliance do not affect a school’s eligibility, districts should be aware that any school with an unresolved compliance issue, defined as a required action issued by the CDE as a result of a Uniform Complaint Procedure Appeal investigation, may be prevented from receiving the California Distinguished School designation.

Questions:   Awards Team | awards@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0842
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