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Explanation of Masking Rules

The 2013 Accountability Reports and Downloads employ masking in order to comply with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Generally speaking, the term "masking" refers to the use of special symbols to conceal the performance results.

The tables below show each of the masking situations that are possible on the reports. Different rules apply for the STAAR indicators compared to other performance indicators.

Symbols Used for Masking STAAR Performance (includes TAKS grade 11) Note STAAR performance used: for Indexes 1 and 3: At Phase-in 1 Level II or above; for Index 2: Number that Met or Exceeded Progress.

Scenarios
Numerator
Denominator
(Total Tests)
Percent
Meaning
Case 1
*
*
*
  • Numerator is less than 5 and denominator is > 0.
Examples
4
4
100%
 
3
30
10%
0
45
0%
Case 2
**
**
**
  • When only one ethnic/race group is masked, then the second smallest ethnic/race group is masked (regardless of size) with double asterisk.
Smallest Group:
3
4
75%
 
Next Smallest Group:
190
200
95%
Case 3
-
-
-
  • Denominator is 0.
Example
0
0
0%
 

Other Information:

  • The above rules will mask at Phase-in 1 Level II or above as well as at Final Level II or above and at Level III Advanced. If at Phase-in 1 Level II or above is not masked, then the other two performances are not masked, regardless of size.
  • TAKS performance is not included in the numerator for at Final Level II or above or at Level III Advanced but is included in the denominator for all.

Symbols Used for Masking the Graduation and Dropout Rates:

Scenarios
Numerator
Denominator
Percent
Meaning
Case 1
*
*
*
  • Denominator is 1, 2, 3, or 4.
Examples
4
4
100.0%
 
3
4
75.0%
0
4
0.0%
Case 2
-
-
-
  • Denominator is 0
Example
0
0
 
Case 3
**
**
**
  • When only one ethnic/race group is masked, then the second smallest ethnic/race group is masked (regardless of size) with double asterisks.
Smallest Group: 3 4 75.0%  
Next Smallest Group
150
200
75.0%
Case 4
n/a
n/a
n/a
  • Data are not available.
 

Symbols Used for Masking Downloads

Data available for download (/perfreport/account/2013/download.html) are also masked:

Masking Symbol in Download
Masking Symbol on Data Table
What is Masked
-1
*
  • Small numbers
-3
**
  • Next smallest ethnic/race group
-
  • Data are not available.

 

Distinction Designations (Campus only):

   
Numerator
Denominator
Percent
Meaning
Attendance Rate Indicator Download
  • Denominator (days membership) is less than 1800.
 
Example
800
1700
47%
 
Other Distinction Indicators Download
  • Denominator is less than 10.
 
Example
3
9
33%
 

Other Information:

Blank values for a Quartile occur if there are fewer than 20 campuses in the campus comparison group for each qualifying indicator.

 


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