There are four indicators
for measuring school performance that are required by ESSA:
- Proficiency: Pennsylvania’s measure
for proficiency is percent Proficient/Advanced in English Language
Arts/Literature and in Mathematics/Algebra I on PSSA/PASA/Keystone Exams
for the all students group.
- Academic Progress: Pennsylvania
will use growth calculations derived from the Pennsylvania Value Added
Assessment System (PVAAS), which measures whether students gain, maintain,
or decline in academic performance.
- Graduation Rate: Pennsylvania
will seek flexibility to use the greater of the four- or five year
adjusted cohort graduation rate, that is the percentage of students who
earn a high school diploma in four or five or fewer years.
- English Learner proficiency: Pennsylvania
will use English Learner growth in scaled score toward attainment of
English proficiency as measured by ACCESS for ELLs assessment.
identified two additional indicators:
- Career readiness benchmark: Pennsylvania will use the percent of students who demonstrate engagement in career exploration and preparation, with individualized career plans through specific measures by or before the end of grades 5, 8, and 11.
- Chronic absenteeism: Pennsylvania will use the percentage of students who have missed more than 10 percent of school days in the academic year, or approximately 18 days in a 180-day school year.