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Future Ready PA Index - Review of Indicators

The Future Ready PA Index uses four different approaches in scoring and depicting student progress and performance. The four approaches are as follows:

  1. 2030 Goal and Targets (Achievement, English Learner Progress, and Graduation Rate)

    ESSA requires states to set long-term goals for certain indicators. Pennsylvania has aligned federal accountability goals to 2030, resulting in 13 interim targets for the intervening years. The following process is used to establish the 2030 goals and set yearly interim targets:

    Step 1: Set the Statewide 2030 Goal – Pennsylvania’s goal for each designated indicator is to reduce, by half, the statewide percentage of students not meeting the target (proficiency, language attainment, or graduation) by the end of the 2029-30 school year.
    Step 2: Establish Statewide Interim Targets – Statewide interim targets reflect the annual progress required to meet the Statewide 2030 Goal.
    Step 3: Assign Individual School Targets – Using the same methodology for Statewide goals, every public school will be assigned individual annual improvement targets based on: 1) the State’s 2030 All-Student Goal; 2) school-level baseline data, both all-student and by student group; and 3) the 13 years between baseline and 2030.

    For indictors using the 2030 goal and targets approach, school performance will be depicted using one of three color-coded ranges:
    • BLUE = Meets or Exceeds All-Student Statewide 2030 Goal
    • GREEN = Meets Statewide Interim or School Target
    • RED = Does not meet either the Statewide Interim or the School Target
  1. Academic Growth Standard (Academic Growth)

    The PVAAS Academic Growth Score presents the school’s impact on the year-to-year change in academic performance of groups of students in state-assessed content areas:

    • English Language Arts: PSSA English Language Arts and Keystone Literature
    • Math: PSSA Math and Keystone Algebra I
    • Science: PSSA Science and Keystone Biology

    PVAAS Academic Growth Scores will be depicted as follows: 
    • BLUE = Exceeds the standard demonstrating growth 
    • GREEN = Meets the standard demonstrating growth
    • RED = Does not meet the standard demonstrating growth
  1. Performance Standards (Regular Attendance and Career Standards Benchmark. Beginning n 2018-19, Industry Based Learning and Rigorous Courses of Study)

    Performance standards are norm-referenced presentations of school performance. Using one year of data as a baseline, cut scores were set at the 75th and 25th percentiles. Performance at or above the 25th percentile cut score satisfies the minimal performance standard.

    For indicators using the performance standard approach, school performance will be depicted as follows:
    • BLUE = Exceeds the Performance Standard
    • GREEN = Meets the Performance Standard
    • RED = Does not meet the Performance Standard
  1. Informational (Percent Advanced on State Assessments, Industry Based Learning, Advanced on Industry Competency Assessment, Rigorous Courses of Study, Postsecondary Transitions to School, Military or Work, and Early Indicators of Success)

    Informational indicators will be reported as a percentage of students who attain the target (e.g., course enrollment, advanced level of achievement), divided by the total number of students in the cohort or group. State averages will also be presented for Advanced on State Assessments, Advanced on Industry Competency Assessment, and Postsecondary Transitions to School, Military, or Work.

    Future Ready PA Index Indicators Summary Chart:
Statewide Assessments:
Performance
depicted relative to…
Future Ready statewide baseline data Fall 2018 Future Ready will report results from…
Calculation Measure:
Numerator
Denominator

Percent Proficient & Advanced

  • ELA/Literature
  • Mathematics/Algebra
  • Science/Biology


2030 State Goal

2-year average derived from
2015-16 and 2016-17 results

2017-18

Number of all students, enrolled for a full academic year (FAY), who scored Proficient or Advanced on the PSSA, Keystone Exams, or PASA


The higher of -
  • 95 percent of FAY students enrolled in the school on the last day of the respective testing window, OR
  • Number of test takers among students enrolled in the school on the last day of the respective testing window

Meeting Annual Growth Expectations (PVAAS)

  • ELA/Literature
  • Mathematics/Algebra
  • Science/Biology


Growth Index converted to a 50- to 100-point scale for each state-assessed content area

N.A.

2017-18

PSSA and Keystone test takers with growth data

Percent Advanced

  • ELA/Literature
  • Mathematics/Algebra
  • Science/Biology


Informational

N.A.

2017-18

Number of students, included in the denominator, who scored Advanced on the PSSA, Keystone Exams, or PASA


The higher of -

  • 95 percent of FAY students enrolled in the school on the last day of the respective testing window. OR
  • Number of test takers among students enrolled in the school on the last day of the respective testing window

 

On-Track Measures:
Performance
depicted relative to…
Future Ready statewide baseline dataFall 2018 Future Ready will report results from…
Calculation Measure:
Numerator
Denominator

English Language Proficiency


2030 State Goal

Growth from
2015-16 to 2016-17

2017-18

Number of English Learners (EL), enrolled FAY, who met their interim growth target or attainment level on or ahead of time.


Number of EL students, enrolled FAY, who have ACCESS scores from the current and previous school years

Regular Attendance

Performance Standard

2016-17

2016-17

Number of students enrolled for 60 or more school days and present 90 percent or more of school days


Number of students enrolled for 60 or more school days

Early Indicators of Success

  • Grade 3 Reading
  • Grade 7 Math

Informational

N.A.

2017-18

Number of students who attain proficiency on the assessment
Number of FAY students in each grade (Grade 3 Reading or Grade 7 Math)

 

College and Career Readiness Measures:
Performance
depicted relative to…
Future Ready statewide baseline data Fall 2018 Future Ready will report results from…
Calculation Measure:
Numerator
 Denominator

Graduation Rate


2030 State Goal

2015-16

2016-17

Number of students in the cohort graduating with a high school diploma on or before the reporting year


Number of students entering 9th grade four years prior to the reporting year (or five, for five-year rate)

Career Standards Benchmark


Performance Standard

2017-18

2017-18

Number of students submitting required number of pieces of evidence (e.g., 2 pieces in 2017-2018)


May 31st enrollment of students in each reported grade: 5, 8, 11

Industry Based Learning


Informational –    2018;
Performance Standard – Beginning 2019

2017-18

2017-18

Sum of the number of 12th graders who achieved one or more of the following milestones between 7th and 12th grades:

  • Scored competent or advanced on Industry Standards-Based Competency Assessments;
  • Earned at least one industry-recognized credential; or
  • Completed a work-based learning experience

Number of 12th graders in reporting year

(Each of the above will also be reported individually.)

Advanced on Industry-based Competency Assessment


Informational

N.A.

2017-18

Number of 12th graders who scored advanced on Industry-based Competency Assessments


Number of eligible test-takers

Rigorous Courses of Study


Informational –    2018;
Performance Standard – Beginning 2019

2017-18

2017-18

Number of 12th grade students who participated in AP, IB, or dual credit courses or in a concentrated CTE program of study


Number of 12th graders in reporting year

(Each of the above will also be reported individually.)

Postsecondary Transition to School, Military and Work


Informational

N.A.

2015-16

Total number of graduates who enrolled in an institution of higher education, enlisted in the military, or entered the work force.


Number of graduates in cohort

Each of the above will also be reported individually

For more specific information on each of the Future Ready PA Indicators, visit PDE’s Future Ready PA Index website.

Questions or comments on the Future Ready PA Index can be sent to ra-edfuturereadypa@pa.gov.