2005
Accountability Manual

Table of Contents

Introduction

  About The 2005 Accountability System

  About This Manual

  Educator Input

  System Philosophy

  Reports Associated with the Accountability System

Part 1 - Standard Procedures

Chapter 1 - Overview

  System History

  Comparison of 2004 and 2005

Chapter 2 - The Basics: Base Indicators

  Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

  State-Developed Alternative Assessment II

  Accountability Subset

  Completion Rate II

  Annual Dropout Rate

Chapter 3 - The Basics: Additional Features

  Required Improvement to Academically Acceptable

  TAKS

  Completion Rate II

  Annual Dropout Rate

  Required Improvement to Recognized

  TAKS

  Completion Rate II

  Annual Dropout Rate

  Exceptions

  Additional Issues for Districts

  Districts with Academically Unacceptable Campuses

  Underreported Students

  Additional Students in District Ratings

Chapter 4 - The Basics: Determining a Rating

  Who is Rated?

  Standard Rating Labels

  Notification of Ratings (August 1, 2005)

  Notification of Ratings (Late October, 2005)

  Using the Data Table to Determine a Rating

  Additional Information on August Data Tables

  System Summary

Chapter 5 - Gold Performance Acknowledgments

  Acknowledgment Categories

  Acknowledgment Indicators

  Advanced Course Completion

  AP/IB Results

  Attendance Rate

  Commended Performance: Reading/ELA

  Commended Performance: Mathematics

  Commended Performance: Writing

  Commended Performance: Science

  Commended Performance: Social Studies

  Comparable Improvement: Reading/ELA

  Comparable Improvement: Mathematics

  Recommended High School Program/DAP

  SAT/ACT Results

  TAAS/TASP Equivalency

Chapter 6 - Special Issues and Circumstances

  Pairing

  Identifying Campuses

  Improvement Calculations

  Pairing Process

  Guidelines

  Special Analysis

  Identifying Campuses and Districts

  Methods for Special Analysis

  New Campuses

  Charters

  Alternative Education Campuses

  Residential Treatment Centers

  Detention Centers and Correctional Facilities

  Students Confined to Texas Youth Commission Facilities

  Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs and Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs

  Special Education Campuses

Chapter 7 - Preview of 2006 and Beyond

  Accountability System for 2006

  Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

  State-Developed Alternative Assessment II (SDAA II)

  Completion Rate I

  Annual Dropout Rate

  Additional Features

  Gold Performance Acknowledgments

  Accountability System for 2007

  Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

  State-Developed Alternative Assessment II (SDAA II)

  Completion Rate I

  Annual Dropout Rate

  New Base Indicator

  Additional Features

  Minimum Size Criteria

  Gold Performance Acknowledgments

  Accountability System for 2008 and Beyond

  Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

  State-Developed Alternative Assessment II (SDAA II)

  Completion Rate I

  Annual Dropout Rate

  Additional Features

  Overview 2006 - 2010

Part 2 - Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Procedures

Chapter 8 - Overview of Alternative Education Accountability (AEA)

  About Part 2 of this Manual

  Educator Input

  History of AEA

  Philosophy of AEA

  Overall Design of AEA Procedures

Chapter 9 - AEA Registration Criteria and Requirements

  Alternative Education Campuses (AECs)

  AEC Eligibility

  AEC Registration Process

  AEC Registration Criteria

  Charters

  Charters Evaluated Under AEA Procedures

  AEC Enrollment Criterion for Charters

Chapter 10 - Attribution of AEC Data

  Background

  Attribution of Data

Chapter 11 - AEA Base Indicators

  TAKS Progress Indicator

  SDAA II Indicator

  Completion Rate II (Grades 9-12) Indicator

  Annual Dropout Rate (Grades 7-12) Indicator

Chapter 12 - Additional Features of AEA

  Required Improvement

  TAKS Progress Indicator

  SDAA II Indicator

  Completion Rate II Indicator

  Annual Dropout Rate Indicator

  Use of District At-Risk Data

  TAKS Progress Indicator

  Completion Rate II Indicator

  Additional Requirements for Charters

  AECs Rated AEA: Academically Unacceptable

Chapter 13 - AEA Ratings

  Who is Rated?

  Rating Labels

  Using the Data Table to Determine an AEA Rating

  Final Data Tables

  Masked Data

  AEA Summary

Chapter 14 - Preview of 2006 and Beyond

  AEC Registration Process for 2006

  At-Risk Registration Criteria for 2006 and Beyond

  Attribution of AEC Data

  Accountability Standards

  Student Passing Standard

  Required Improvement

  AECs Rated AEA: Academically Unacceptable

Chapter 15 - AEA Glossary and Index

Part 3 - Items Common to Standard and AEA Procedures

Chapter 16 - Appealing the Ratings

  Appeals Calendar

  General Considerations

  Appeals are not a data correction opportunity!

  Changed ratings only

  No Guaranteed Grants

  Situations unfavorable for appeal

  Guidelines by Indicator

  TAKS Appeals

  SDAA II Appeals

  Annual Dropout Rate Appeals

  Completion Rate II Appeals

  Gold Performance Acknowledgment Appeals

  Special Circumstance Appeals

  Underreported Students

  SDAA II

  Early College High Schools

  October 2004 Grade 11 Results

  How to Submit an Appeal

  How an Appeal Will Be Processed by the Agency

Chapter 17 - Responsibilities and Consequences

  Local Responsibilities

  Campus Identification Numbers

  Public Discussion of Ratings

  Academically Unacceptable

  Complementary Local Accountability Systems

  System Safeguards

  Sanctions

  General Interventions

  Lowering a Rating

  Data Integrity Issues

  Timing

  Public Education Grant Program

  Rewards

  Statutory Awards Programs

  Excellence Exemptions

Chapter 18 - Calendar

Appendices

  Appendix A - Texas Administrative Code

  Appendix B - Texas Education Code

  Appendix C - Comparison of State and Federal Systems

  Appendix D - Data Sources

  Appendix E - Texas Growth Index

  Appendix F - Campus Comparison Group

  Appendix G - Contacts

  Appendix H - Acknowledgments

Tables and Exhibits

  Table 1: Definitions of Terms

  Table 2: Comparison of 2004 and 2005

  Table 3: Accountability Subset

  Table 4: Standard Rating Labels

  Table 5: Sample Data Table

  Table 6: Requirements for Each Rating Category

  Table 7: Overview of 2005 System Components

  Table 8: Gold Performance Acknowledgment Standards for 2005

  Exhibit 1: Sample 2005 Paired Campuses Data Entry Application

  Table 9: Inclusion or Exclusion of Performance Data

  Table 10: Completion Rate Transition

  Table 11: State Accountability Standards through 2010

  Table 12: TAKS Progress Indicator

  Table 13: Completion Rate II (Grades 9-12) Indicator

  Table 14: Annual Dropout Rate (Grades 7-12) Indicator

  Table 15: Use of TAKS Data of At-Risk Students in the District

  Table 16: Use of Completion Rate II Data of At-Risk Students in the District

  Table 17: AEA Rating Labels

  Table 18: Sample AEA Data Table

  Table 19: Requirements for AEA: Academically Acceptable Rating

  Table 20: Overview of 2005 AEA Procedures

  Exhibit 2: Appeal Examples

  Table 21: Comparison of State and Federal Accountability (AYP) by Indicator

  Table 22: Grade Level Comparison of State and Federal Accountability

  Table 23: Assessments Used in Accountability

  Table 24: PEIMS Record Types Used in Accountability

  Table 25: Student Demographics

  Table 26: Leaver Codes

  Table 27: TGI Growth Equation Parameters - Mathematics and Science

  Table 28: TGI Growth Equation Parameters - Reading, ELA, and Social Studies

  Exhibit 3: Sample TGI Calculation