# About Required Federal Reporting Measures (RFRM)

Please note that the measures of Closing the Achievement Gap results will not be calculated or published in the 2015-16 school year. This chart does not apply to 2015-16 data.

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School Status | Criteria |

Reward: High Achievement |
Highest 5% Title I schools (based on aggregate Mathematics and ELA proficiency for PSSA and/or Algebra 1/Literature for Keystone Exams)
AND- Test Participation in Mathematics/ELA PSSA (and/or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams) – All Students
- Graduation Rate (or Attendance Rate) – All Students
- Closing the Achievement Gap in Mathematics/ELA PSSA (and/or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams) – All Students
- Closing the Achievement Gap in Mathematics/ELA PSSA (and/or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams) – Historically Underperforming Students
(Note: For 2014-15 data, the baseline for closing the Achievement Gap will be reset in math and ELA. See page 54 on how this AMO will be met in 2014-15.)
AND |

Reward: High Progress |
For the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years: Highest 5% Title I schools based on aggregate PVAAS growth score in ELA and Mathematics for PSSA and/or
Algebra I/Literature for Keystone Exams for All Students
ORAND- Test Participation in Mathematics/ELA PSSA (and/or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams) – All Students
- Graduation Rate (or Attendance Rate) – All Students
- Closing the Achievement Gap in Mathematics/ELA PSSA (and/or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams) – All Students
- Closing the Achievement Gap in Mathematics/ELA PSSA (and/or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams) – Historically Underperforming Students
(Note: For 2014-15 data, the baseline for Closing the Achievement Gap will be reset in grades 3-8 math and ELA.)
AND |

Focus School |
Lowest 10% of Title I schools (based on highest achievement gap for the Historically Low Performing Students AMO). The aggregate achievement gap is for combined Mathematics/ELA PSSA (and/or Algebra I/Literature Keystone Exams).
ORORAND |

Priority School |
Lowest 5% of Title I schools (based on aggregate Mathematics and ELA proficiency for PSSA and/or Algebra I/Literature for Keystone Exams)
OR |

# The Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) are described below:

- Participation Rate
- Graduation and Attendance Rates
- Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students and the Historically Underperforming Students

## Participation Rate

- The school must achieve 95% participation on the PSSA, PASA and Keystone Exams in the ‘All Students’ group for each content area.
- For the 2015-16 School Year, participation rate was measured for the PSSA mathematics/PASA Mathematics/Algebra 1 and the PSSA English Language Arts/PASA Reading/ Literature.
- Any Title I school with less than a 95% test participation rate for the ‘All Students’ group in one or more content areas will automatically be identified as a Focus school.
- For PSSA and PASA, Participation Rate is calculated by dividing the number of scored tests by the number of students enrolled, multiplied by 100.
- For the Keystone Exams, Participation Rate is calculated for Grade 11 students by dividing the number of scored tests by the number of enrolled Grade 11 students, multiplied by 100.
- Students with medical exemptions are excluded from the calculation for Participation Rate.
- English Language Learners (ELL) in their first of enrollment in a U.S. school must take the ACCESS for ELL assessment. These students are not required to participate in the ELA/Literature assessment, but are required to participate in the math/Algebra 1 and science/Biology assessments. These students are counted only for participation; no performance score is used for accountability.

## Graduation and Attendance Rates

- Graduation Rate
- High school graduation rate is a primary component of the accountability system. The end goal is to graduate all students so they are postsecondary and workforce ready.
- The school must achieve an 85% graduation rate (applied to four, five, and six year cohorts) or a reduction of the difference between its previous year’s graduation rate and
- the goal of 85% by 10% when using the four year cohort; or
- the goal of 85% by 15% when using the five year cohort; or
- the goal of 85% by 20% when using the six year cohort.
- A Title I school with a graduation rate of below 60% is automatically placed in Focus status (unless already designated as Priority).
- The graduation rate is the number of graduates for a particular year divided by the four-year, five-year or six-year cohort multiplied by 100. Refer to the December 22, 2008
*High School Graduation Rate Non-Regulatory Guidance.* - Attendance Rate
- Attendance continues to be a primary component of the federal accountability designations when graduation rate is not applicable to a school. The goal for attendance rate is 90% or the target of any improvement over the previous year's attendance rate.
- Attendance rates will be displayed for all subgroups with a minimum N size of 11. The federal accountability designations are based on the ‘All Students’ attendance rate. Any Title I school that demonstrates an improved attendance rate from the previous year will be identified as having met the reporting measure.

## Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students and the Historically Underperforming Students

- Closing the Achievement Gap: All Students
- The achievement gap is determined by comparing the percentage of students enrolled for a full academic year who are proficient or advanced in the baseline year with the target of 100% proficiency. The benchmark for closing the achievement gap is that 50% of the gap will be closed over a six-year period. The six-year period begins the first year that the school has a minimum N count of at least 11 students. The ‘All Students’ group is defined as all students enrolled for a full academic year taking the PSSA, Keystone Exams, or the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).
- Closing the Achievement Gap will not be reported in 2015-16
- Closing the Achievement Gap: Historically Underperforming Students
- Using the same approach as in the ‘All Students’ group, this applies to a non-duplicated count of students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and English Language Learners enrolled for a full academic year taking the PSSA, Keystone Exams, or PASA. If a student is in more than one of the individual subgroups (IEP, Economically Disadvantaged, ELL), the student is counted only once.
- Closing the Achievement Gap will not be reported in 2015-16