The Accountability Task Force (ATF) met virtually this past Wednesday, June 3, and discussed the following:
Incorporating College/Career Readiness (CCR) in the Accountability Model: In previous meetings, the ATF discussed two general approaches to career readiness being represented in the model: 1) adding WorkKeys or 2) incorporating diploma endorsements. The ATF concluded Wednesday that they favored Option 1, adding WorkKeys. Discussions included all juniors continuing to take the ACT, with those who do not meet the benchmark then taking WorkKeys and the CCR score reflecting the more favorable of the two. It was the consensus of ATF members that WorkKeys not be included in the model next year; rather, the ATF would prefer to conduct a pilot and review impact data. The ATF will continue to discuss the timing of WorkKeys at future meetings.
Inclusion of MAAP-A in Low 25: At its February meeting, the ATF provided guidance on how MAAP-A results should be included in the lowest 25% growth calculations and discussed using the same methodology as used for MAAP. Members requested additional impact data in February, reviewed this impact data Wednesday, and affirmed this approach as a recommendation.
Identifying the Low 25 Group for High Schools: ATF members reviewed the banking of Algebra I scores of students who take the assessment in 7th, 8th or 9th grade. The decision for assigning a student into the ‘low 25’ group is based on prior year scores, but the distribution of prior year scores is different for each grade/cohort of Algebra examinees. During Wednesday’s meeting, external facilitators recommended that all prior scores be put into the same ‘bin’ regardless of when the test was taken. The ATF did not have time to discuss this recommendation during Wednesday’s meeting, so discussions will continue at a future meeting.