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2009 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the California School Recognition Program (CSRP) for 2009.

In order to be eligible to apply for the 2009 secondary cycle, schools must meet the following requirements:

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 School Recognition Program, schools are required to use the school type assigned to them by those criteria. A school defined as “middle” or "high" on its API Report has met the grade level eligibility requirement for the 2009 cycle. Information regarding school type designations may be found in the 2007-08 Academic Performance Index Reports Information Guide available on the API Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/].

Previous Distinguished School Status

2007 Distinguished Middle and High Schools are not eligible to apply this cycle. They may apply for recognition again in the 2011 cycle.

Number of Years in Operation

Schools must have been operating since 2006-07 in order for growth results to be calculated for the API.

Assessment Results

In order to apply for the Distinguished School Award, schools must meet the eligibility criteria for AYP, API, and closing the achievement gap.

  1. NCLB AYP Eligibility
    Schools must make AYP as reported on the 2008 Adequate Yearly Progress Report. More information regarding AYP is available on the AYP Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ay/].

  2. API Eligibility
    Schools must meet all of the following requirements:

    1. Middle schools must have a schoolwide 2008 Growth API of at least 746. High schools must have a schoolwide 2008 Growth API of at least 720.

    2. Schoolwide 2008 Growth API must meet or exceed the school's growth target.

    3. All numerically significant subgroups must make at least 5 percent of the difference between the subgroup Base API and 800. If a subgroup's score was at or above 800, it must remain at or above 800.

  3. Closing the Achievement Gap Eligibility
    In addition to the AYP and API eligibility criteria above, schools must also meet one of the following:

    1. At least one of the following numerically significant subgroups' API grew faster than the white or Asian subgroup:

      1. African American
      2. Hispanic
      3. Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
      4. English Language Learners

    2. Schools with at least one of the following numerically significant subgroups and with a white and/or Asian significant subgroup(s) must have all subgroups at or above 800:

      1. African American
      2. Hispanic
      3. Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
      4. English Language Learners

    3. Schools with no numerically significant white or Asian subgroups must show API growth in excess of the target for at least one of the following numerically significant subgroups:

      1. African American
      2. Hispanic
      3. Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
      4. English Language Learners

    4. Schools with only Asian and/or white numerically significant subgroups must be at or above 800 schoolwide and for each significant subgroup.
Intervention or Sanction Status

Schools that participate in the state Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program (II/USP) or are subject to the School Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT) interventions are not eligible to apply for this program. Schools that are subject to federal Program Improvement (PI) sanctions are, likewise, not eligible to apply for this program.

Additional Information

Schools in the Process of Correcting Data

The 2008 AYP and API reports were released for public information on September 4, 2008. Districts may, on behalf of their schools, make data corrections for AYP and/or API.

Schools for which districts are making data corrections may begin the 2009 Distinguished Secondary School Application process if their district offices are confident the schools will ultimately meet the eligibility criteria based on the final AYP and API reports released in February 2009. It is the responsibility of these schools to determine if they are willing to submit an application by the December 19, 2008 deadline, knowing that final eligibility for these schools will not be determined until February 2009.

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 may be prevented from receiving the California Distinguished School designation.

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