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Alternate Accountability


Per accountability requirements, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has developed an alternate accountability process for schools that do not have data necessary to calculate a school report card score. This includes the following:

  • Schools with fewer than 20 full academic year (FAY) students tested  in grades 3-8, and 11
  • Schools without tested grades, including K-2 schools
  • Schools exclusively serving at-risk students (must also complete At-Risk Designation Form)
  • New schools 

Alternate Accountability schools must complete a district-supervised self evaluation and report their findings using the Alternate Accountability School Determination Form. Schools may use local data and indicators of their choice to gauge student progress. New schools that do not have data from a prior year should select an indicator that can measure student progress from fall to spring. Schools that have multiple years of data may choose to measure progress from fall to spring, or from the prior school year to the current school year. 

On the form, the school will indicate if its performance is improving/maintaining or declining based on the measures chosen. This will result in a rating of either Alternate Rating - Satisfactory Progress or Alternate Rating - Needs Improvement (if the school’s progress is declining). 

Completed forms will be due in September 2018 (date TBD).


Alternate Accountability School Determination Form
At-Risk Designation Form - for those schools exclusively serving at-risk students





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