The 2016 Accountability Reports and Downloads employ masking in order to comply with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Generally, 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: Note that Indices 1, 2, and 3 are based on total tests, whereas Index 4 is based on total students (total test takers).
Scenarios 
Numerator 
Denominator 
Percent 
Meaning 
Case 1 
* 
* 
* 
 For Indices 1 and 4, the numerator is less than 5 and the denominator is greater than 0. For Index 2 the Met or Exceeds Progress or the Exceeds Progress numerator is less than 5 and the denominator is greater than 0. For Index 3 the Level II Satisfactory Standard or Advanced Standard numerator is less than 5 and the denominator is greater than 0.

Examples 
4 
4 
100% 

3 
30 
10% 
0 
45 
0% 
Case 2 
** 
** 
Percent Shown 
 When only one racial/ethnic group is masked, then the second smallest
racial/ethnic group's numerator and denominator are masked (regardless of size) with double asterisk. The rate remains unmasked.

Smallest Group: 
3 
4 
75% 

Next Smallest Group: 
190 
200 
95% 
Case 3 
 
 
 

Example 
0 
0 
 

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 
 
 
 

Example 
0 
0 
• 

Case 3 
** 
** 
Percent Shown 
 When only one racial/ethnic group is masked, then the second smallest
racial/ethnic group's numerator and denominator are masked (regardless of size) with double asterisk. The rate remains unmasked.

Smallest
Group: 
3 
4 
75.0% 

Next
Smallest
Group 
150 
200 
75.0% 
Case 4 
n/a 
n/a 
n/a 

Symbols Used for Masking Downloads
Data available for download (/perfreport/account/2016/download.html) are also masked:
Masking Symbol in Download 
Masking Symbol on Data Table 
What is Masked 
1 
* 

3 
** 
 Next smallest racial/ethnic group.

• 
 

Distinction Designations:


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% 

Blank values for a Quartile occur if there are fewer than 20 campuses in the campus comparison group for each qualifying indicator.
2016 Accountability
 Performance Reporting
