The Accountability Task Force (ATF) met January 31 to discuss a number of issues. MPE appreciates MPE member Scott Cantrell, who serves on the ATF, providing the following summary of the day’s discussions:
EL component of the accountability model: Much additional work will continue in this regard, but positive results were shared from impact data that used a reallocation method in lieu of the original subtraction approach, as numerous 700- and 1,000-point schools showed improvement through this reallocation of points. Discussion was also had on allowing that student progress could be met with a MAAP score of "proficient,” instead of relying solely on Las Links scores. A change to the minimum N count of 10 was also discussed. More ideas and data from additional methods for calculations will be discussed at the February 28 ATF meeting.
Accountability ratings for schools with a non-conventional configuration (K-12, 5-12, 6-12, 7-12, and 8-12): Great progress was made surrounding the establishment of statistical methodology to allow for these 81 schools who are placed on the 1,000-point scale to possibly achieve higher ratings in the future. To this point, none of these 81 schools, many of which are traditionally high performing schools, have reached the A threshold. Also, it is common for these non-conventional schools to have received a lower rating than what their rating would have been had the school been configured into grade bands. For example, in 2017-208 there were 5 non-conventional schools who would have received a B rating for both their 9-12 grade band and their specific grade band rating from the 700-point scale. However, once both grade bands were placed on the 1,000-point scale, all 5 schools received an official rating of C in the current model. In essence, two B's equal one C. Initial impact data indicates that this would be unlikely with this revised method of calculation that weights and meshes points from both the 700- and 1000-point scales. Additional data to be determined and discussed at future ATF meetings.
Science and accountability: Two hours of the ATF’s discussion centered around how to proceed with science scores and the accountability model not only for this school year, but for 2019-2020 also. Where banked Biology I scores fit into the overall picture received the most discussion. More research will be given pertaining to ESSA requirements and the banking of Biology I scores, which will play heavily into numerous options that were discussed and will be discussed at future meetings. However, one general consensus from the group was that using science scores from SY 2017-2018 seemed to be a viable option for the upcoming accountability season.
Acceleration component: Discussion was held concerning how IB and CTE courses are calculated within both the participation and and performance sides of the acceleration component. Discussion was also held on whether AP, IB, and industry certified CTE courses should receive additional weighting over Dual Credit courses within the model. The rationale was that AP, IB and CTE all require a minimum score on an end of course assessment, whereas dual credit courses only require the student to obtain a grade of C in the course. No consensus was achieved by the ATF on either topic of discussion.