A document containing the final business rules for calculating the 2019 ESSA School Index scores is attached to this memo.
The ESSA School Index is a calculation comprised of multiple indicators: weighted 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.
Informational documents explaining the ESSA School Index and components are posted on the Arkansas Department of Education website at http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/public-school-accountability/every-student-succeeds-act-essa/informational-documents . The document containing business rules for calculating the 2019 ESSA School Index scores is also posted on the Informational documents website.