2018 Explanation of Masking Rules

The 2018 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

Scenarios
Numerator
Denominator
Percent
Meaning
Case 1
*
*
*
  • 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
-
-
-
  • Denominator is 0.
Example
0
0
-
 

Symbols Used for Masking 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
**
**
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%


Symbols Used for Masking Downloads

Data available for download (https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/account/2018/download.html) are also masked:

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


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.

 


2018 Accountability | Performance Reporting