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Randolph Elem
1400 SW Randolph Ave
Topeka, KS 66604-2600
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Title 1 School
USD 501
Topeka Public Schools

Current Accreditation Status: Accredited

Definitions - Table of Contents


Accountability

    Accountability is a method for determining if schools, districts and the state have made adequate progress in improving student achievement. Accountability establishes annual targets for participation and performance on state assessments, as well as attendance rates and graduation rates.

Achievement

    The Achievement Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) is a measure of student assessment outcomes that awards points to each of the five assessment performance levels. A student performing at the Exemplary level earns 1000 points. Performance at the Exceeds levels earns 750 points. The Meets Standard level earns 500 points. The Approaches Standard level earns 250 points. Academic Warning is issued 0 points. All student scores are added together and the total score is divided by the total number of students. This point total creates an Assessment Performance Index (API).

Annual Measurable Objectives

    Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) represent the expected outcomes for each of the four measures of student achievement: Achievement, Gap, Growth, and Reduction of Non-Proficient. AMOs are also established for Participation and Graduation. Every building and district has its own specific set of AMOs based upon prior year’s score history and long-term target levels.

Attendance Rate

    The student attendance rate is determined by dividing the average daily attendance by the total average daily membership.

Dropout Rate

    Dropout rates are calculated using dropouts reported for the year for grades 7 through 12 and dividing by the total enrollment for the year for the same grades. Dropout rates are a one-year indicator of students who left school and are not the inverse of graduation rates.

Fully Licensed

    Teachers in Kansas are considered fully licensed when they hold a valid Kansas teaching certificate/license with the appropriate subject and grade level endorsement for the assignment they hold.

Gap

    The Gap Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) is a measure of the Assessment Performance Index (API) score of the lowest performing 30% (LP30) of students in a building or district. In order to calculate a Gap score a building or district must have at least 100 student test scores. Once the number of students that equals 30% of the total students tested is determined: 100/30, 200/60, 300/90 etc. an API for the lowest performing 30% is calculated. The API score for the lowest performing 30% is then compared to the overall API score of the school that has scored at the 70th percentile. The 70th percentile score for Reading is 734, for Math it is 719. Closing the gap between a building’s lowest performing 30% with that of the 70th percentile by at least half is the long-term improvement goal for the next six years.

Graduation Rate

    The US Department of Education passed regulations requiring all states to calculate graduation using a 4-year adjusted cohort rate. In addition, states were given the option to use an extended-year rate; Kansas chose to calculate a 5-year rate. The 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate reflects the percent of students who were first time 9th graders in 2007-2008 and who graduated four years later (by September 30, 2011) with adjustments during the four years for transfers in and out. The 5-year adjusted cohort graduation rate is the percent of students who were first time 9th graders in 2006-2007 that graduated five years later (by September 30, 2011).

    NOTE: In the 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate, any student who does not graduate in the expected four years—even if they are still in school—is considered a non-graduate and counts against the graduation rate. This rule is extended to five years in the 5-year adjusted cohort graduation rate.

    The 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate formula is as follows:
        # 2011 graduates (# of cohort members earning a regular HS diploma by Sept. 30, 2011) X 100% = rate
        # 1st time 9th graders in fall 2007 plus transfers in minus students who transfer out,
        emigrate, or die during 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009 and 2007-2008

    The 5-year adjusted cohort graduation rate formula is as follows:
        # 2011 graduates (# of cohort members earning a regular HS diploma by Sept. 30, 2011) X 100% = rate
        # 1st time 9th graders in fall 2006 plus transfers in minus students who transfer out,
        emigrate, or die during 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009, 2007-2008 and 2006-2007

Growth

    The easiest way to understand Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) is to think of it like a pediatrician’s growth chart. In the same way the pediatrician’s growth chart can determine whether your child is growing at the same rate as most other children his or her age, the SGP expresses your student’s growth on the state assessments relative to the progress of his or her academic peers.
    To determine building level growth, individual student growth scores with each school are grouped together so that so that a median, or middle, score can be determined. The median score is the middlemost growth score among all student growth scores. The median student growth score becomes the building level growth score. The building level growth score is used to determine whether your school has met its Annual Measurable Objective (AMO). To meet the AMO the school must meet or exceed the median growth score for the state which means a median score of approximately 50 or higher.

Highly Qualified

    Teachers are considered highly qualified by meeting the Federal definition of "Highly Qualified" teacher as stated in Title IX, section 9101 (23) of the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001."

Kansas Assessment Performance Level Descriptors

    Exemplary
    Exceeds Standard
    Meets Standard
    Approaches Standard
    Academic Warning

    * For a detailed explanation of the Performance Level Descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=420

Reduction of Non-Proficient

    The Reduction of Non-Proficient (RNP) Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) is a measure of the percent of students scoring below proficient or the Meets Standard level of performance. The long-term goal is to reduce the percent of students scoring below proficient by 50% over the next six years. Every building must meet the RNP AMO for the ALL group and any subgroup that has at least 30 students. If the percent non-proficient was 24% in 2012 the AMO for 2013 would be 2%. In other words, the percent of students scoring below proficient would be lowered to 22% in 2013 and would eventually be lowered to 12% by 2018.

Similar Schools

    For the purpose of determining similar schools on this report card, the determination of similarity based on grade configuration is based on whether the school is a:

    • Elementary school (includes all or some combination of grades K-8) or
    • Secondary school (includes all or some combination of grades 6-12)

    and whether the school has at least two of the same grades as the target school

    Elementary and middle schools are determined to be similar based on the size of grades in the school when both the target school and the comparison school fall into the same range of the six ranges listed below:

    • 1-15 students per grade
    • 16-30 students per grade
    • 31-45 students per grade
    • 46-60 students per grade
    • 61-75 students per grade
    • more than 75 students per grade

    For secondary schools, the determination of similarity based on the size of grades in the school is based on whether the target school and the comparison school fall into the same range of the five ranges listed below:

    • 1-30 students per grade
    • 31-50 students per grade
    • 51-75 students per grade
    • 76-200 students per grade
    • more than 200 students per grade

    Schools are considered to be comparable based on the percentage of students enrolled in the free or reduced price lunch programs when they are within ten percentage points of the target school. Schools with more than 60% of students eligible for the programs are considered similar by this factor.

    Schools must be similar to the target school based on all of the above criteria to appear on the target school’s similar schools list.

    When comparing schools based on the percentage of students with disabilities in the school, schools are considered similar to the target school when the population for this group is within 10 percentage points of the target school’s population for the same group. Schools with more than 20% of their school population comprised of students with disabilities are considered similar by this factor.

    When comparing schools based on the percentage of students with limited English proficiency in the school, schools are considered similar to the target school when the population for this group is within 10 percentage points of the target school’s population for the same group. Schools with more than 20% of their school population comprised of students with limited English proficiency are considered similar by this factor.

    When comparing schools based on the percentage of migrant students in the school, schools are considered similar to the target school when the population for this group is within 10 percentage points of the target school’s population for the same group. Schools with more than 20% of their school population comprised of migrant students are considered similar by this factor.

    When comparing schools based on the percentage of minority students in the school, schools are considered similar to the target school when the population for this group is within 10 percentage points of the target school’s population for the same group. Schools with more than 50% of their school population comprised of minority students are considered similar by this factor.

Subgroup

    For purposes of determining Accountability , a subgroup is any group of 30 or more students who can be identified by characteristics related to ethnicity, income level, special needs or English proficiency.