Office of Accountability

Q & A from 2012-13 Accountability Metrics Webinar

TOPICS: PRIOR METRICS vs. NEW METRICS | SET-ASIDES | GENERAL

PRIOR METRICS vs. NEW METRICS :

When will principals hear of their new identification under the new accountability system?

What is the importance of the identification of Priority and Focus Schools and Districts? Besides identifying which schools and subgroups are on track for proficiency, what are some of the changes districts and schools will be expected to make after being identified as Priority and Focus schools? What are the effects and consequences and incentives being applied to the new measures of this accountability metrics system towards districts and schools?   

Can a school identified in good standing in the summer still be considered a Local Assistance Plan school in the fall?

Q-1: When will principals hear of their new identification under the new accountability system?

A-1: Schools will be notified this week of their new accountability identification (and, if applicable, list of Focus Schools). Identifications will go public by end of July/beginning of August.

Q-2: What is the importance of the identification of Priority and Focus Schools and Districts? Besides identifying which schools and subgroups are on track for proficiency, what are some of the changes districts and schools will be expected to make after being identified as Priority and Focus schools? What are the effects and consequences and incentives being applied to the new measures of this accountability metrics system towards districts and schools?                                               

A-2: Priority schools now impose implementation of a Whole School Reform Model on Focus Districts, with implementation occurring no later than the beginning of the 2014 school year. DCIP is now required of all Focus Districts and 5-15% of funding must be set aside for improvement efforts (inclusive of the DCIP and Whole School Reform).

Q-3: Can a school identified in good standing in the summer still be considered a Local Assistance Plan school in the fall?                                                                                                                                                                                            

A-3: Yes. 

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SET-ASIDES:

Q-4: In the past, set asides were required by Title I for districts that were not designated in good standing.  Since LAP schools will not be identified until the fall, will there be a fiscal set aside needed for these schools, which will require an adjustment to Title I budgets in the fall?                                                                                                                                                                                               

A-4: There will be a set-aside of 5-15% for districts, equal to the amount of basic funding for Title I, II, and (if applicable) III. There are no longer specific allocations for Choice and SES, but set asides for programs specifically selected according to district titles.

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GENERAL:

Q-5: This webinar is presenting information mostly for elementary and middle schools.  Will there be a follow up on high schools?                                                                                                                                                                                        

A-5: Additional measures will be used for high school and transfer schools in their designation.

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Last Updated: October 25, 2012