School Grades Webinar

50 %
50 %
Information about School Grades Webinar
Education

Published on March 11, 2014

Author: JaxPEF

Source: slideshare.net

S Understanding and Updating School Grades for Florida’s Future Jacksonville Public Education Fund March 10, 2014 www.jaxpef.org/SchoolGrades

About the Jacksonville Public Education Fund The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization that works to inform and mobilize the community to advocate for universally high-quality public education for all children in Duval County. Presenters •  Trey Csar, President •  Dr. Jason Rose, Director of Data & Research •  Deirdre Conner, Director of Advocacy & Communications •  Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools

Background o  School grades were introduced in Florida in 1999, the first A-F model for reporting school accountability in the nation. o  Numerous changes to the standards, tests, and formula over time have caused confusion over what school grades actually mean. o  Florida is implementing new standards and adopting a new assessment, making this the right time to update the school grading system.

Why is this important? o  In a recent survey conducted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund through UNF Survey Research Center, 42% of respondents polled said school grades would be the most important thing to them in considering a school to enroll a child in – more than personal recommendations or any other factor. o  Significant rewards and accountability sanctions are tied to school grade performance for schools and districts. o  Numerous changes have caused confusion and mistrust over what grades mean. Now is the time to make grades stable and meaningful moving forward.

inBRIEF: Winter 2014 Understanding and Updating School Grades for Florida’s Future Download at www.jaxpef.org/SchoolGrades

What’s happening at the Florida Department of Education o  January 8: Florida Education Commissioner, Pam Stewart, introduces outline for planned changes to school accountability model at Senate Education Committee meeting. o  February 18: Commissioner presents more detailed proposal for changes to school accountability model at state Board of Education meeting. Board also approves new Florida Standards at same meeting. o  February 20: Commissioner presents new plan to House Education Committee. o  March 18: Commissioner expected to select new statewide assessment.

Proposed transition timeline Source: Florida Department of Education

Florida Department of Education Proposal o  Focus on student success measures such as student achievement, graduation rate and learning gains o  Report A-F grades based on the percentage of total points earned rather than a point total o  Reset grading scale to require a rigorous standard be met and avoid compression issues in current scale o  Periodic review of the scale o  Release grades for all schools in the summer

Current & Proposed (FLDOE) School Grades Formula: Elementary Schools Category Current Formula* FDOE Proposed Formula** Proficiency (Reading - All)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Proficiency (Math - All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Proficiency (Writing – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✖ Proficiency (Science – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Reading – All)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Math – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Reading – Lowest 25%)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Math – Lowest 25%) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Total Scale 0 - 800 pts. 0 – 100% (x/700) * - School is lowered one letter grade below below what point total indicates if: •  Fewer tham 50% of Lowest 25% demonstrate gains in reading and mathematics (or show annual improvement) •  Fewer than 25% of students are reading at or above grade level •  Fewer than 95% of eligible students are tested, and school earned enough for an “A” ** - No additional rules *** - Reading & Writing combined as “English/Language Arts” in new assessment

Current & Proposed (FLDOE) School Grades Formula: Middle Schools Category Current Formula* FDOE Proposed Formula** Proficiency (Reading - All)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Proficiency (Math - All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Proficiency (Writing – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✖ Proficiency (Science – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Proficiency (Social Studies – All) ✖ ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Reading – All)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Math – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Reading – Lowest 25%)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Math – Lowest 25%) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Accelerated Coursework (Participation) ✔ (0 - 50 pts.) ✖ Accelerated Coursework (Performance) ✔ (0 - 50 pts.) ✖ Total Scale 0 - 900 pts. 0 – 100% (x/800) * - School is lowered one letter grade below below what point total indicates if: •  Fewer tham 50% of Lowest 25% demonstrate gains in reading and mathematics (or show annual improvement) •  Fewer than 25% of students are reading at or above grade level •  Fewer than 95% of eligible students are tested, and school earned enough for an “A” ** - No additional rules *** - Reading & Writing combined as “English/Language Arts” in new assessment

Current & Proposed (FLDOE) School Grades Formula: High Schools Category Current Formula* FDOE Proposed Formula** Proficiency (Reading - All)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Proficiency (Math - All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Proficiency (Writing – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✖ Proficiency (Science – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Proficiency (Social Studies – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Reading – All)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Math – All) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Reading – Lowest 25%)*** ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Learning Gains (Math – Lowest 25%) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Accelerated Coursework (Participation) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✖ Accelerated Coursework (Performance) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Graduation Rate (Overall, 4-year) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✔ (0 – 100%) Graduation Rate (Overall, 5-year) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✖ Graduation Rate (At-risk, 4-year) ✔ (0 - 50 pts.) ✖ Graduation Rate (At-Risk, 4-year) ✔ (0 - 50 pts.) ✖ College Readiness (Reading) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✖ College Readiness (Math) ✔ (0 - 100 pts.) ✖ Total Scale 0 - 1600 pts. 0 – 100% (x/1000) * - Ibid. ** - Ibid. *** - Ibid.

FLDOE Proposal: Feedback Positive Steps o  Resetting grade scale to improve stability, meaningfulness of grades o  Acknowledging need to establish scheduled, periodic review of scale and components o  Elimination of extraneous bonuses and penalties o  Suspension of sanctions attached to “baseline grades” in first year. Concerns o  Insufficient transition time to calculate and communicate baseline grades in new system o  Lacks consideration about improving measurement & use of growth o  Elimination of individual components: o  College readiness (Reading) o  College readiness (Math) o  Accelerated coursework (Participation) o  Graduation rate (At-risk students) o  Potential use of old data for HS grades

State Legislative Updates o  Senate Education Committee bill (SB 1642) mostly reflects Florida Department of Education proposal. o  Amendment to return credit for middle school accelerated coursework participation & performance added. o  Alternate bill (SB 1368) filed Feb. 27 by Sen. Montford seeking to implement a three year transition plan, delaying school grades until 2017-2018. o  House Education Committee held School Accountability workshop on March 6. Expected to file bill for approval at March 12 meeting.

What’s next? o  Formula Issues: o  Return increased focus on college readiness & at-risk graduation to school grades o  Reconsider options how student growth is measured and used as an emphasis in school accountability o  Implementation & Alignment Issues: o  Establish review “window” (ideally 5 years) o  How will alignment of teacher, school & district evaluation measures be addressed?

What’s next? o  Transition Issues: o  How will learning gains will be calculated for proposed “baseline year” grades without two administrations of the new assessment? o  Implement a full one-year transition period o  Increase public understanding and trust o  Time to improve the way growth is measured and used, and better align teacher and school accountability systems o  Ensure the transition to measuring growth on a new assessment is meaningful and sound o  Graduation rates, scores, other data would continue to be released o  Consider approaches used in other states facing similar transitions such as Texas

Questions

How to Get Involved o  Be informed: o  Download the brief o  Stay abreast of current developments on the blog o  Be heard: o  Write your elected lawmakers – visit the site to connect to an easy- to-use tool o  Share this information with your friends, neighbors and coworkers Find all of these resources and more online at www.jaxpef.org/SchoolGrades

Thank You! www.jaxpef.org/SchoolGrades

Add a comment

Related presentations

Related pages

School Grades Webinar - YouTube

Learn what's happening and what you can do about Florida's school grading system. Highlights include... Experts in the field: Trey Csar ...
Read more

Middle Grades Webinar Series | Career & College Clubs

Middle grades webinar series for educators, in which we’ll present and discuss research on readiness for students in the middle grades.
Read more

School grades webinar recap, recording and slides

On March 10, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund offered two webinars to help education advocates understand and take action on the issue of school grades.
Read more

Homeschooling High School Training Webinar - Ben and Me

Free homeschooling high school training webinar on grades, credits, and transcripts.
Read more

Parents Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts

Learn how to homeschool parents can give believable grades, accurate credits and awe-inspiring transcripts that colleges will love.
Read more

MiddleWeb New Teacher Webinar

Our MiddleWeb webinar for new middle grades teachers was a great success. View the video of the 90-min. session and peruse the handouts, slides and related
Read more

Webinars - Education Week

Register for this webinar now. ON-DEMAND WEBINARS. ... Entire grades are co-located ... you can easily deploy iPad devices in your school. In this webinar, ...
Read more

School Grades Webinar - Education

School Grades Webinar. by jacksonville-public-education-fund. on Jun 30, 2015. Report Category: Education. Download: 0 Comment: 0. 131. views. Comments.
Read more

School Letter Grades - Louisiana Believes

School Letter Grades. Since 1999, the state has issued School Performance Scores for public schools, which are based on student achievement data.
Read more