Accountability Updates: 2014-15 School Year

Summary of Changes

After implementing the new accountability system for several years, South Dakota has learned a lot about what makes the system good and what in the system needs a few tweaks to work better. In July of 2014, SDDOE’s request to update and extend the ESEA flexibility waiver and the accountability system, and plans to include some small updates to the system was approved.

1. Removal of School Climate and Teacher and Principal Effectiveness from the School Performance Index. SDDOE continues work in these areas, but schools will not earn points for these more subjective measures.

2. Beginning with the results of the 2014-15 state assessments, the Student Achievement indicator will build to include three years data.

3. Update the Student Achievement indicator to include three years data.

4. Beginning in the 2014-15 year, the percentage of students meeting the state attendance goal of 94% will be used to measure attendance in elementary and middle schools.

5. Beginning with the assessments being administered in the 2014-15 year, there will be multiple opportunities for a student to show College Readiness: meeting ACT benchmarks, meeting Smarter Balanced benchmarks, or completing remediation before high school graduation as evidenced by passing the Accuplacer exam.

6. Beginning with the assessments being administered in the 2014-15 year, schools choosing to use the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) exam can earn points for Career Readiness as well as for College Readiness. Schools not using this exam for their junior or seniors would earn all their points for this indicator based on College Readiness Scores.

Moving forward into the 2015-16 year and beyond, SDDOE also plans to amend the ESEA Flexibility waiver to make the Focus school designation a 2 year process to allow schools better time to plan and budget for needed changes and interventions.

Elementary and Middle School SPI

SCHOOL YEAR INDICATOR #1:

Student Achievement
INDICATOR #2:

Academic Growth
INDICATOR #3:

Attendance
2014-15 (Spring 2015 test, reported Fall 2015) Math points: 40
ELA points: 40
Points: 0 Points: 20
2015-16 and beyond Math points: 20
ELA points: 20
Math points: 20
ELA points: 20
Points: 20

High School SPI

SCHOOL YEAR INDICATOR #1:

Student Achievement
INDICATOR #2:

High School Completion
INDICATOR #3:

College & Career Ready
2014-15 (Spring 2015 test, reported Fall 2015) Math points: 25
ELA points: 25
Completion points: 12.5
Graduation points: 12.5
College math readiness points: 12.5
College ELA readiness points: 12.5
Career Readiness points: N/A
2015-16 and beyond Math points: 20
ELA points: 20
Completion points: 15
Graduation points: 15
30 points total Schools will fall into one of the following categories:
Math ready: 10 points
ELA ready: 10 points
Career ready: 10 points
Math ready: 15 points
ELA ready: 15 points
Career ready: 0 points

CLASSIFICATION OF SCHOOLS

Based on SPI scores, the Department of Education classifies schools as follows:
Exemplary schools = SPI score at or above the top 5 percent of schools
Status schools = SPI score at or above the top 10 percent (minus Exemplary schools)
Progressing schools = SPI score less than top 10 percent and greater than bottom 5 percent
Priority schools =
- SPI score at or below the bottom 5 percent OR
- Title I eligible high school with graduation rate below 60 percent for last two years
Focus schools are classified based on specific SPI indicators, as they relate to the performance of a school’s Gap Group. This classification applies only to Title I schools.
• Certain schools with very small or unique student populations may not receive an SPI score.

To view individual school SPI scores and supporting data, visit the South Dakota Report Card.

Contact:

Contact the Office of Accreditation and Accountability Staff.