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2010 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the California School Recognition Program (CSRP) for 2010.

In order to be eligible to apply for the 2010 elementary cycle, schools must meet requirements in the following areas:

  • Eligible Grade Levels
  • Previous Distinguished School Status
  • Number of Years in Operation
  • Accountability as Measured by:
    • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
    • Academic Performance Index (API)
    • Closing the Achievement Gap
  • Intervention or Sanction Status
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 “elementary” on its API Report has met the grade level eligibility requirement for the 2010 cycle. Information regarding school type designations may be found in the 2008-09 Academic Performance Index Reports Information Guide available on the CDE API Web page [].

Previous Distinguished School Status

2008 Distinguished Elementary Schools are not eligible to apply this cycle. They may apply for recognition again in the 2012 cycle.

Number of Years in Operation

Schools must have been operating since 2007–08 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 eligibility criteria for AYP, API, and closing the achievement gap.

  1. ESEA AYP Eligibility
    Schools must make AYP as reported on the 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress Report. More information regarding AYP is available on the  CDE AYP Web page [].

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

    Elementary schools must have a schoolwide 2009 Growth API > 795.

    Schoolwide 2009 Growth API must meet or exceed the school's growth target.

    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:

Category 1: For schools with one or more numerically significant disadvantaged subgroups (African American, Hispanic, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged [SED], and English Learners) and a numerically significant white and/or Asian subgroup:

1A- Allnumerically significant disadvantaged subgroups improved more than the average statewide API growth for their subgroup:

  • African American > 18 points
  • Hispanic > 17 points
  • SED > 18 points
  • English Learners > 18 points

And at least one of the numerically significant disadvantaged subgroups grew more than white and/or Asian numerically significant subgroup by more than the average statewide elementary API growth (>16).

— OR —

1B- For those schools that do not meet the criteria for 1A, all numerically significant subgroups are above the API 90th percentile (>897) for all elementary schools described by Category 1.

Category 2: Schools without a numerically significant white or Asian subgroup must show all numerically significant subgroups grew more than the average statewide API growth for that subgroup:

  • African American > 18 points
  • Hispanic > 17 points
  • SED > 18 points
  • English Learners > 18 points

Category 3: Schools with no numerically significant disadvantaged subgroups must have a schoolwide and all numerically significant subgroups (i.e. white and Asian) above the API 75th percentile (> 940) for all elementary schools without significant disadvantaged subgroups.

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 sanctions are, likewise, not eligible to apply for this program.

Additional Information

Schools in the Process of Correcting Data

The 2009 AYP and API reports were released for public information on September 15, 2009. 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 2010 Distinguished Elementary 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 2010. It is the responsibility of these schools to determine if they are willing to submit an application by the December 2009 deadline, knowing that final eligibility for these schools will not be determined until February 2010.

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.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 17, 2016