Required Federal Reporting Measures
Title I schools are subject to federally-required designations. Title I schools may be designated as Reward: High Achievement, Reward: High Progress, Focus, Priority, or Undesignated based on meeting the federal requirements associated with each designation.
Accountability data includes the All Students group and the Historically Underperforming subgroup results. These two groups, All Students group and Historically Underperforming subgroup, are not a cohort but rather students in the school who meet the definition during the reported year.
For the purposes of accountability data, reported scores are used for students enrolled for a full academic year. The reported score incorporates the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) 1% cap.
To measure Closing the Achievement Gap, a baseline year is required. Pennsylvania established the 2012–13 school year as the baseline year for PSSA Science so that the first measure of Closing the Achievement Gap was available in the 2013–14 school year. PSSA English Language Arts and Mathematics will have a baseline year of 2014-15 because these were new assessments.
For the 2012-13 school year, if either student group in any subject area was below the state average, the school was identified as not having met the requirements for Closing the Achievement Gap.
For the 2013-14 school year and beyond, test results from 2013-14 were compared to the baseline year 2012-13 results and school-level determinations were made according to the Closing the Achievement Gap targets rather than statewide performance.
For the 2014-15 school year, the baseline year for PSSA English Language Arts and Mathematics has been reset to 2014-15 with the administration of new assessments.
Closing the Achievement Gap is determined by comparing the percent of students who are proficient or advanced in the baseline year with 100% proficiency. The benchmark for Closing the Achievement Gap is that 50% of the gap will be closed over a six-year period.
The N size for all groups is 11.