The School Report Card shows the progress schools have made based on several measures of performance. The combination of these measures is the basis for assigning state designations to districts, buildings and community schools. The designations are Excellent with Distinction (new beginning 2007-2008), Excellent, Effective, Continuous Improvement, Academic Watch or Academic Emergency.
The State Indicators are based on state assessments, as well as on attendance and graduation rates. To earn one of the many indicators each year, at least 75% of students tested must score proficient or higher on a given assessment.
The Performance Index Score reflects the achievement of every student enrolled for the full academic year. The score is a weighted average of all tested subjects and grades. The most weight is given to the advanced students (1.2), and the weights decrease for each performance level. This creates a scale of 0 to 120 points, with 100 being the goal. Looking at the Performance Index Score over time shows trends in school achievement.
To meet the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements, every student group must be at or above the annual goals or make improvement over last year. Graduation or attendance goals must be met for the school as a whole.