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2014 Washington Achievement Awards Methodology

The Washington Achievement Awards use the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The awards celebrate schools for: 

  • Overall Excellence (highest performing and top tier)
  • High Progress
  • Reading Growth
  • Math Growth
  • Extended Graduation Rate
  • English Language Acquisition

Overall Excellence
Schools qualify for recognition if they are among the top 5% of schools based on the Composite Achievement Index rating. The Composite Achievement Index rating is based on proficiency and growth for schools not graduating students, and on proficiency, growth and graduation for schools graduating students. Schools must not be identified for the Priority/Focus list.

High Progress
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 10% of schools making the most progress in the reading and math combined performance of the All Students, using the previous three years of data. The Progress Score (PS) is an average of an Achievement Score (A) and an Improvement Score (I). 

Progress is determined in two ways:

  1. Achievement Score - The Achievement Score is an average of proficiency rates in both reading and math for the previous three years. Schools must have tested students in both reading and math for each of the three years. Reading and math are weighted equally.
  2. Improvement Score - The Improvement Score is an average of improvement from year to year for the previous three years (2011 to 2012; 2012 to 2013; 2013 to 2014). Schools must have tested students in both reading and math for each of the three years. Reading and math are weighted equally.

Schools must not be identified for the Priority/Focus list. 

Special Recognition – Reading Growth and Mathematics Growth
Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 5% of the 3-year average Median Student Growth Percentiles (MSGPs) in reading and/or math. To be eligible for recognition a school must have reportable school MSGPs in reading and/or math for the previous three years. Schools must not be identified for the Priority/Focus list.

Special Recognition – Extended Graduation Rate
Schools qualify for recognition if the 3-year average graduation index rating for All Students is at least 9.0 AND the gap between the All Students 3-year average graduation index rating and the Targeted Subgroups 3-year average graduation index rating is less than 1.0. Schools must not be identified for the Priority/Focus list.

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. 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). The school must not be identified on the Focus list for the ELL subgroup.

 

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