Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Final Business Rules for Calculating the 2021 ESSA School Index Scores

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Memo Number
COM-21-009
Memo Date
7/29/2020
Memo Type
Informational
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Public School Accountability
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A document containing the final business rules for calculating the 2021 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 weight of some required indicators and some of the School Quality/Student Success indicators included in the ESSA School Index vary by grade span.

 

Some of the information in the 2020-2021 DRAFT Business Rules is different from the information contained in the 2019-2020 Final Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores. Differences to look for in the current document include the following:

 

1.    Grade Ranges K-7, K-9, K-10, and K-11 were added on page 4.

 

2.    New download dates and additional information about determining schools’ students that are included in percent tested, achievement and growth are noted on pages 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, and 13.

 

3.    Recently Arrived English Learner (RAEL) limited cumulative enrollment time in US schools that would lead to exclusion from accountability system components was discussed on page 5. The effect of continuous enrollment time in US schools on accountability was also discussed. RAEL enrollment dates to exclude from achievement and growth were shown.

 

4.    Provided information about the use of educator administration platform portals and expectation of schools to test students received from April 5 to May 3 on page 6.

 

5.    Provided additional information about English Learner status and former English Learner monitored years on pages 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 39.

 

6.    Updated Will Not Test Reasons on pages 7 and 8.

 

7.    Deleted notes about English Language Arts (ELA) achievement levels and cut scores from 2018 on pages 9, 41 and 42.

 

8.    Deleted Recently Arrived English Learner enrollment year in US schools to exclude scores in Weighted Achievement on page 10.

 

9.    Use of up to a 3-year weighted average for the All Students Group in Weighted Achievement when N-size < 15 on page 12.

 

10. Deleted number of students and years of scores used on page 13 when there are less than 15 students in Weighted Achievement.

 

11. Deleted old exams that are no longer used for score history in calculating growth on pages 14, and 17.

 

12. Deleted Recently Arrived English Learner enrollment year in US schools to exclude scores in Growth on page 14.

 

13. ELPA21 download date was noted on page 16.

 

14. Changed grade levels included in growth history on pages 16 and 29.

 

15. Use of up to a 3-year weighted average for the All Students Group in School Valued-added Growth when N-size < 15 on page 18.

 

16. Delete number of students and years of scores used on page 19 when there are less than 15 students in School Valued-added Growth.

 

17. Included conditions for removing transfers in five-year adjusted cohort graduation rate on page 23.

 

18. Changed definition of absent on page 26: The Arkansas DESE defines a state-reported absence as a student who is not: 

1.    present for onsite instruction provided by the district, 

2.    participating in a planned district-approved activity, or

3.    engaged in scheduled instruction at an off-site location, including remote learning.

Commissioner’s Memo COM-20-128 http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?id=4447

 

19. Delete Recently Arrived English Learner enrollment years in US schools to exclude scores in Reading Achievement on page 28.

 

20. DLM Alternate Assessment download date for Science Achievement was updated on page 28.

 

21. Deleted Recently Arrived English Learner enrollment years in US schools to exclude scores in Science Achievement on page 29.

 

22. Deleted years of tests used for science growth on page 30.

 

23. Deleted Recently Arrived English Learner enrollment year in US schools to exclude scores in science growth on page 30.

 

24. Added Concurrent Credit College-Site Technical Math course to concurrent credit list on page 43.

 

25. Replaced Recently Arrived English Learner entry date with RAEL Status on page 52.

 

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

http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/public-school-accountability/every-student-succeeds-act-essa/informational-documents. The document containing business rules for calculating the 2021 ESSA School Index Scores is also posted on the Informational documents website.

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