Annual Review of School Performance*
Year of Testing: 2001-02
Both state and federal law require the annual review of school performance to determine academic student achievement and progress. Annual review of school performance is based on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE)1 test scores of students enrolled in the school for a full academic year. The overall state goal is for all Wisconsin students to attain the "Proficient" or "Advanced" levels in all subject areas (see assessment category definitions).
To fulfill the annual review requirements for 2001-02, schools must meet at least one of the following criteria:
90% Rule by Subject Area Tested and by Grade
The percentages in the above table are 90% of the 1997-98 statewide percent scoring at or above "Proficient."
The school's annual CPI needs to be equal to or greater than the required CPI below:
CPI Requirements Per Academic Year
|Baseline:||0 - 20%||21 - 40%||41 - 60%||61 - 80%||Greater than 80%|
|Required CPI:||4||3||2||1||0 - stay above 80%|
The 2001-02 Baseline is the average of the percentage of the school's students scoring at or above the "Proficient" category for 1998-99 and 1999-00. Schools at lower baseline achievement levels are expected to make more progress than other schools.
- 90% Rule. According to this rule, the percentage of students enrolled in the school for the full prior academic year who, in 2001-02 scored at or above the "Proficient" level2 must be equal to or greater than the percentages in the table below:
- Required CPI. The Continuous Progress Indicator (CPI) is a measure of the improvement in performance of successive groups of students in grades 4, 8, and 10. Schools are credited for improvement in the percent of students scoring at or above "Proficient" and for movement of students from the "Not Assessed on WSAS," "Pre-Requisite Skill/English," and "Minimal" categories into the "Basic" category or above. (Some older reports combine the percent of students in the "Not Assessed on WSAS" category with the percent of students in the "Pre-Requisite Skill/English" category into a single category, "Not Tested on WKCE.")
Determining Annual CPI
A school's Continuous Progress Indicator (CPI) will be calculated based on the four most recent years' test results. The average of the two most recent years will be compared to the average of the two preceding years. For 2001-02, this means that the average of 1998-99 and 1999-00 is compared to the average of 2000-01 and 2001-02. Averaging results across years to calculate the CPI addresses concerns about variation in the characteristics of successive groups of students, particularly in very small schools.
Evaluating CPI Progress
Schools are expected to make annual progress by increasing the percent of students scoring at or above the "Proficient" level and by decreasing the percentage of students reported as "Not Assessed on WSAS", "Pre-Requisite Skill/English" and "Minimal." No specific amount of progress is required for schools whose baseline is greater than 80%, as long as this baseline holds for each successive group of students.
Students with Disabilities or Limited English Proficiency
The 90% Rule and the Required CPI were developed with the expectation that schools will serve and assess diverse populations including students with disabilities or limited English proficiency. In situations involving schools with unusually large populations of special needs students, evidence of local alternate assessment progress for students excluded from WSAS standardized tests and the progress of students eligible to take the WKCE may be considered under a special reconsideration request.
Schools Designated as "In Need of Improvement"
Beginning with 1997-98 test results, schools are identified as "in need of improvement" in a subject area when the school fails to meet the annual review criteria for two consecutive years in one or more assessed subject areas. Once identified, as "in need of improvement" in a subject area, a school must meet the annual review criteria for two out of three consecutive years in order to be removed from this designation.
An overview of past and current annual review criteria are provided below:
Annual Review Criteria Over Time
|Year of Testing:||1997-98||1998-99||1999-00||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03|
|Required Achievement Level or CPI:||Meet 90% rule. No CPI.||Meet 90% rule
Meet the Required CPI based on school year 1997-98 data compared to 1998-99 data.
|Meet 90% rule
Meet the Required CPI based on the average of 1997-98 and 1998-99 data compared to 1999-2000 data.
|Meet 90% rule
Meet the Required CPI based on the average of 1997-98 and 1998-99 data compared to the average of 1999-00 and 2000-01 data.
|Meet 90% rule
Meet the Required CPI based on the average of 1998-99 and 1999-00 data compared to the average of 2000-01 and 2001-02 data.
|Meet 90% rule
Meet the Required CPI based on the average of 1999-00 and 2000-01 data compared to the average of 2001-02 and 2002-03 data.
1The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) in grades 4, 8, and 10 currently consists of state-adopted standardized tests called the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) and locally adopted standards-based alternate assessments.
2"Proficient" and "Advanced" percentages are combined in order to calculate percent totals. The percent of students scoring at or above "Proficient" is equal to the percent "Proficient" plus the percent "Advanced."
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