APROverview - May 2009 Overview of California's 2008-09...

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May 2009 Overview of California’s 2008-09 Accountability Progress Reporting System This overview provides summary information designed to assist accountability coordinators, management staff, and boards of education at local educational agencies (LEAs) in understanding academic accountability requirements in California. California’s comprehensive accountability system monitors the academic achievement of all the state’s public schools, including charter schools, and LEAs that serve students in kindergarten through grade twelve. (An LEA is a school district or a county office of education.) This accountability system is based on state requirements, established by the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) of 1999, and on federal requirements, established by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Accountability Progress Reporting The California Department of Education (CDE) reports both state and federal accountability results under the general heading of the “Accountability Progress Reporting” (APR) system. The table below shows the reports included in APR for 2008-09. State-required reports include Base and Growth Academic Performance Index (API) results. Federal-required reports include Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Program Improve- ment (PI) results. The reports are located on the CDE APR Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/apr/. 2008-09 APR System State Accountability Requirements Federal Accountability Requirements 2008 Base API Report (release May 2009) 2009 Growth API Report (release September 2009) 2009 AYP Report (release September 2009) 2009-10 PI Report (release September 2009) State Accountability Requirements State results focus on how much schools are improving academically from year-to-year, based on results of statewide testing. The API is the cornerstone of the state’s academic accountability requirements. Its purpose is to measure the academic performance and growth of schools. Each school has unique API growth targets (described on page 3). Test Results Used in the API California’s accountability system measures the performance and progress of a school or LEA based on results of statewide tests at grades two through twelve. A school's API is a composite number representing the results of these tests. The left column of the chart at the bottom of page 2 shows the content areas and grade levels of the tests used in the API. Relative Emphases of Tests Used in the API The test results used in calculating a school’s API have different relative emphases. The amount of emphasis each content area has in the API for a particular school or LEA (called the content area weights) is determined by statewide test weights and by the number of students taking each type of test. The following table shows the relative emphases of different content areas in the API for the most common school types. Prepared by the California Department of Education
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