Arkansas Department of Education Understanding Draft ESSA School Index Reports Webinar

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Draft school reports containing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) School Index information will be posted Monday, January 8, 2018, on the private website  The ESSA School Index is a calculation comprised of multiple indicators that include: achievement, growth, graduation rate, English Learner progress in English Language Proficiency, and School Quality/Student Success indicators for each grade span.  Assigning schools to grade spans K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 accommodates differences in the grade levels served as well as ensuring comparability across schools.  The required indicators and some of the School Quality/Student Success indicators included in the ESSA School Index vary slightly by grade span. The reports contain information from the 2016-2017 school year statewide assessments, the 2015-2016 four-year and five-year adjusted cohort graduation rates, and 2016-2017 School Quality and Student Success Indicators. The reports are drafts at this time as ADE awaits approval of the Arkansas ESSA application. While the ESSA school index will not be used for federal accountability purposes until the fall of 2018, the 2017 overall score provides districts the opportunity to examine how well all students are being served within each school. The detailed component data also inform the district of areas of strength and areas where further improvement is needed in schools. The draft reports offer schools an opportunity to begin planning conversations about how to use the information to inform local cycles of inquiry for improvement. 

Informational documents explaining the ESSA School Index and components are posted on the Arkansas Department of Education website at

All schools are invited to participate in a webinar at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018, to discuss the draft reports.  Webinar participants will gain knowledge about the weighted indicators in the ESSA School Index and how to read the school reports.  Questions may be submitted during the webinar or by posting questions to   Questions from the webinar will be developed into a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that will be posted on the Arkansas Department of Education’s ESSA webpage.  Additional webinars will be scheduled in the future to discuss more details about accountability.  Schools should review the draft reports and informational documents prior to the webinar on January 9, 2018.  Pre-registration for the webinar is not required.  Instructions for attending the webinar are listed below.

When: 1 p.m. January 9, 2018 Central Time (U.S. and Canada)

Topic: Understanding Draft ESSA School Index Reports

Please click the link below to join the webinar:



   Dial:  US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 6833

   Webinar ID: 170 152 896


The webinar is limited to 1,000 participants; therefore, schools are encouraged to participate via teams at the district level.

President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law on December 10, 2015.  ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. The Arkansas ESSA application was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on September 15, 2017.  Additional information that the US. Department of Education requested on December 21, 2017, will be submitted in a red-line Arkansas ESSA Plan on January 8, 2018.  The Arkansas Department of Education is expecting approval of the Arkansas ESSA Plan in early 2018.  For more information about the Arkansas ESSA application please visit the ADE website at


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