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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 3-11 (for the state report card) or grades 3-8 and 11 (for ESSA accountability) in the current year;
  • Schools with fewer than 20 FAY students tested in grades 3-11 (for the state report card) in the prior year;
  • Schools without tested grades, including K-2 schools;
  • New schools.

Alternate Accountability 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 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.

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

Forms for the 2023-24 school year may be submitted anytime between May and September. The due date is September 11, 2024.


If you have questions or need assistance completing the form, contact the Office of Educational Accountability, or an Accountability Trainer assigned to your CESA/District.