Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Correction to the 2021 Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores for Extended Testing Window

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Memo Number
COM-21-089
Memo Date
3/19/2021
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Public School Accountability
Regulatory Authority
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NO
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Test Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster)

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Memo Text

A document containing updated Business Rules for calculating the ESSA School Index scores for School Year 2020-2021 is attached. The update is needed because the testing window was extended to assist with maintaining a safe testing environment. The update includes the following:

  • On pages 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 27, 28 and 29 of the 2021 Business Rules, the date of the second data pull to determine Participation (students expected to test) was changed from May 3 to May 17.
  • On page 13, the list of Grade 1 and 2 assessments from districts’ selected vendors used in student score histories for value-added growth calculations updated. These assessments are NWEA: MAP, I-station: ISIP, Curriculum Associates: i-Ready, and Renaissance: Star.
  • On page 25, the first grade level to have science growth scores was changed from grade 4 to grade 5 since students were not tested in science last year due to COVID-19. A prior score received in the state of Arkansas must be included to calculate growth.

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