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    OSPI Updates State Achievement Index Under New ESSA Consolidated Plan
    Posted on 03/20/2018
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    One of the key features of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act is greater flexibility for states to identify measures beyond standardized test proficiency rates in their Accountability Frameworks.

    Under the new Washington state plan, these additional School Quality & Student Success Indicators (SQSS) include Regular Attendance, Ninth Graders On Track, and Dual Credit Enrollment. The accountability framework also includes a new measure for English Learner Progress, which tracks the percentage of ELL students on track to gain English proficiency and transfer out of support services.

    While these new measures indicate a more holistic perspective on school and student success, standardized test scores and graduation rates still make up the majority of a school’s rating (Table 1). However, a greater emphasis is placed on growth rather than proficiency for state test measures.

    ESSA Table

    Identifying Schools for Supports

    Washington’s Consolidated Plan seeks to close opportunity gaps by focusing on students who have been historically underserved. It also seeks to shift away from an “overly punitive” No Child Left Behind law in favor of an approach more focused on continuous improvement for all schools, with additional supports for schools that need it.

    Using the new ESSA Achievement Index indicators and three years of data, the state has identified schools for either Comprehensive or Targeted supports:

    Comprehensive Supports

    • Schools with an overall score that puts them in the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide are identified for comprehensive support. This overall score is calculated using the “all students” decile score for each indicator, using the weights listed in Table 1.
    • High schools with a 4-year graduation rate below 67 percent over the past three years will also be identified for comprehensive supports.

    Targeted Supports

    • Any school with student groups (including race/ethnicity, English language learners, special education, and low income) below the “All Students” threshold for comprehensive supports will receive “targeted supports.”
    • Schools with three or more student groups below the threshold will receive higher levels of support. Schools below a defined threshold for English Learner Progress will also be identified for higher levels of support.

    Next Steps

    The state’s new ESSA Achievement Index data and school support levels are available in interactive Tableau dashboards at OSPI’s website: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/SchoolIndex_2018.aspx?groupLevel=District&schoolId=1&reportLevel=State&yrs=2016-17&year=2016-17 .

    In the coming months, school districts will work collaboratively to create and implement school improvement plans focused on improved student outcomes. The latest information about Washington’s ESSA plans is available at the ESSA website: http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/ESSA/default.aspx