2013 Washington Achievement Awards Methodology
The Washington Achievement Award uses the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and criteria set by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver for recognition purposes.
The Washington Achievement Award is based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The award celebrates schools for:
- Overall Excellence (highest performing and top tier)
- High Progress
- Reading Growth
- Math Growth
- Extended Graduation Rate
- English Language Acquisition
Schools qualify for recognition in one of two ways:
- They meet the criteria for Highest Performing according to the ESEA Flexibility Waiver
- Schools meet AMOs for the all students group in reading, math and graduation rates (high school and comprehensive only) for the three most recent years.
- They are among the top 5% of schools based on the 3-Year composite index rating. The Revised Achievement Index.
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 10% of schools making the most progress in the performance of the all students group over three years. The Progress Score (PS) is computed by adding an Achievement Score (A) and an Improvement Score (I). Therefore, PS=A+I. Reading and math achievement are combined.
Progress is determined in two ways:
- Achievement Score - The Achievement Score is an average of proficiency rates in both reading and math for the past three years. Schools must have tested students in both reading and math for each year. Reading and math are weighted equally.
- Improvement Score - The Improvement Score is an average of improvement trends from year to year for the past three years (2010 to 2011; 2011 to 2012; and 2012 to 2013). Schools must have tested students in both reading and math for each year. Reading and math are weighted equally.
Schools with significant achievement gaps across subgroups that are not closing and schools identified as Priority, Focus or Emerging are not eligible for High Progress.
Special Recognition – Reading Growth and Mathematics Growth
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 5% based on median student growth percentiles (MGPs) in reading and math. To be eligible for recognition a school must have reportable school MGPs in reading and or math for the three most recent years and not be newly identified as a Priority, Focus or Emerging School.
Special Recognition – Extended Graduation Rate
Schools qualify for recognition if the overall 3-year average is at least 9.0 and the gap between all students and targeted subgroups is less than 1.0. Priority, Focus or Emerging Schools are not eligible for Extended Graduation Rate.
Special Recognition – English Language Acquisition
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in approximately the top 5% of elementary, middle, and high schools based on the median point gain on the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA). Schools must have at least 20 valid WELPA results. Award-winning schools must also have met Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) 1 and AMAO 2 federal accountability targets. Schools are considered in two separate groups: small programs (20 to 99 students) and large programs (more than 99 students).