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Alternate Accountability

Important note: There will be no 2019-20 state or federal accountability report cards and ratings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that OEA is not collecting 2019-20 alternate accountability data or forms from schools. Please see the COVID-19 – Accountability Updates and Resources webpage for more information.



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;
  • 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).