2021-2022 Public School Accountability Planning Timeline
This timeline should
guide district/schools planning for the 2021-2022 school year. The
following timeline is formatted to indicate the role of districts/schools, the
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Office of Innovation
for Education (OIE) in data collection, usage, and accountability. Please
note that the DESE reserves the right to change dates as necessary. Following
is the link for the timeline: 2021-2022 Public School
2021-2022 Draft Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School
A document containing
the 2021-2022 Draft Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School Index Scores
is attached to this memo. School personnel are encouraged to review the
draft rules and submit any recommendations for clarifications to Louis
Ferren at email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 26,
clarifications for the 2021-2022 Draft Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA
School Index Scores must be submitted by this deadline.
Some of the information
in the 2021-2022 Draft Business Rules is different from the information
contained in the 2020-2021 Final Business Rules for Calculating the ESSA School
Index Scores. Differences to look for in the current document include the
- New download dates for determining student demographics and schools’ students that are included in percent tested, achievement and growth are noted on pages 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, and 13.
- Recently Arrived English Learner (RAEL) enrollment dates to exclude from achievement and growth were updated on page 5.
- ELPA21 download date was noted on page 16.
- Updated graduation rate dates on pages 19-25.
- Changed comments about science growth history, grade levels, and COVID-19 on pages 25 and 29.
- Added the following comment on page 26: “Students who graduate early will be included along with the students in grade 12 Cycle 7”.
- Updated data pull dates on pages 27-29.
- Added the following comment on pages 21, 25 and 40: “If a school has fewer than 15 expected graduates in the 4-year cohort graduation rate for the All Students group using three-year weighted average, their index will be calculated using 35% weighted achievement, 50% growth and 15% SQSS. If three-year weighted average has at least 15 expected in the 4-year cohort graduation rate, but the school has not been in existence long enough to have a 5-year cohort graduation rate, the 4-year graduation rate will have a weight of 15%”.
- Updated Advanced Placement Courses on pages 41 and 42.
- Updated International Baccalaureate Courses on page 42.
- Updated Concurrent Credit Courses on page 43.
- Updated Computer Science Courses on page 51 and 52.
- Updated Assessment Correction Engine (ACE) text on page 53.
The ESSA School Index is a calculation
comprising multiple indicators: weighted achievement, growth, graduation rate,
English Learner progress in English Language Proficiency, and School
Quality/Student Success indicators for each grade span. Assigning schools to
grade spans K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 accommodates differences in the grade levels
served as well as ensuring comparability across schools. The weight of
some required indicators and some of the School Quality/Student
Success indicators included in the ESSA School Index vary by grade span.
Informational documents explaining the ESSA
School Index and components are posted on the Arkansas Department of Education