Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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School Accountability

California has an integrated accountability system that is based on two distinct sets of requirements. State accountability requirements use at its main indicator the Academic Performance Index or API. Federal accountability requirements, established by the No Child Left Behind Act (2001), use a set of indicators known as Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP. Both the state and federal accountability systems focus on how well students are performing with respect to California’s content standards . Sacramento County schools are falling behind statewide results.

State Accountability

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Why is this important?

  • Academic Performance Index (API) Growth measures the change in academic achievement for students from one year to the next.
  • Schools may receive recognition or intervention, based on performance.
  • The goal is for schools' API to grow each year.

How are we doing?

  • Sacramento County Schools fell short of statewide trends in the percentage of schools meeting the API growth targets.
  • The percentage of schools in both Sacramento County and California meeting API Growth Targets in 2012 is about the same as it was in 2008.
  • 40% of Sacramento County schools met all schoolwide and subgroup targets in 2012 versus 55% of all schools in California.
  • Elementary schools were most likely, and high schools were least likely, to meet their API growth targets at both the county and state levels.

Federal Accountabiltiy

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Why is this important?

  • The Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria uses a status model which looks at whether a school is reaching a certain level of academic performance that applies to all schools of the same type, regardless of a school’s baseline performance status.
  • The AYP targets increase until 2013-14 when all schools must have 100 percent of their students performing at the proficient level or above on statewide tests.

How are we doing?

  • In 2012, Sacramento County had a lower percentage of schools meeting federal AYP criteria compared to California as a whole.  18% of schools in Sacramento County met their AYP targets while 26% of schools in California did the same.
  • The percentage of Sacramento County schools meeting all federal AYP criteria decreased from 53% in 2008 to 18% in 2012.
  • While API has remained farily steady, indicating flat student improvement in statewide test scores year over year, AYP is decreasing indicating that some Sacramento County schools have not been able to meet the federal criteria which includes API growth, as well as graduation rate, level of proficiency in reading and math, and participation on statewide tests.

Data Source: Sacramento County Office of Education

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 13:32