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Definitions for High School (non-FCAT-Based) Components

2012-2013

Please note: More detailed descriptions of each of these components is available in Section 10 of the School Grades Technical Assistance Paper at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/pdf/1213/SchoolGradesTAP2013.pdf (PDF).

  • Graduation Rate: Overall. The percentage of students graduating with a standard diploma within four years of initial enrollment in grade 9, adjusting for transfers. (100 points max.)
  • Five Year Graduation Rate: Overall. The percentage of students graduating with a standard diploma within five years of initial enrollment in grade 9, adjusting for transfers. (100 points max.)
  • Graduation rate for At-Risk Students. The same graduation rate formula is applied to at-risk students as for the overall high school population. At-risk students are those who scored at Level 2 or below on both FCAT Reading and FCAT Mathematics in grade 8. Weighted at a factor of 0.5. (50 points max.)
  • Five Year Graduation Rate for At-Risk Students. The same five-year graduation rate formula is applied to at-risk students as for the overall high school population. At-risk students are those who scored at Level 2 or below on both FCAT Reading and FCAT Mathematics in grade 8. Weighted at a factor of 0.5. (50 points max.)
  • Acceleration: Participation. Based on examinations taken for AP, IB, and AICE subject areas, industry certification program outcomes, and dual enrollment courses, this component measures the combined weighted student participation count (grades 9-12) divided by the membership count of students in grades 11-12, including qualifying 9th and 10th graders. Students in grades 9 and 10 are included as participants in the numerator if they have successful completions (passing test scores, or, for dual enrollment, passing course grades of "C" or higher).(150 points [weighting factor = 1.5])
  • Acceleration: Performance. This component is the measure of weighted successful completions in accelerated curricula divided by the count of accelerated curriculum participants. (150 points [weighting factor = 1.5])
  • Readiness Reading; Readiness Math. Postsecondary readiness, which is calculated separately for reading and math, is determined by the count of on-time graduates scoring "ready" or higher on ACT, SAT, CPT, or P.E.R.T. examinations divided by the total count of on-time graduates. Cut scores for readiness are provided online at http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/perfCPT/default.asp. (100 points maximum for math; 100 points maximum for reading)
  • Bonus/Deduction. Governing legislation (s. 1008.34, Florida Statutes) requires that annual growth or decline in each of the high school grade components be measured and incorporated in the points for each component. Schools that demonstrate an annual increase in their component points receive additional points based on the annual increase in points, up to 10 points per component (adjusted for applicable weighting factors). Schools lose five points for a component if performance declines by 10 or more percentage points annually (adjusted for applicable weighting factors).
  • Adequate Progress for At-Risk Students. In addition to meeting adequate progress requirements (learning gains) for low-performing students, the reading performance requirement based on FCAT 2.0 reading results, and the requirement to test at least 90% of students (95% to qualify for an "A"), high schools that would otherwise earn an "A" on points must meet a statewide target of 65% for the four-year graduation rate of at-risk students or show sufficient annual improvement in that rate to qualify for a grade of "A." Sufficient annual improvement = 1% or more for schools that have an at-risk graduation rate of at least 55%. Schools that have an at-risk graduation rate of below 55% must show at least a 5% annual increase in the rate to meet this requirement.
  • Weighting. For regular high schools, the school grade will be weighted 50% based on the state assessment based components and 50% based on the non-state assessment based (high school) components. Combination schools serving the high school grades will be classified as either K-12 schools or 6-12 schools based on the closest match for the range of grades served. These schools will have the following weighting factor for the school grade applied to the state assessment-based and non-state assessment-based (HS) points.
K-12 Schools: 80% based on state assessment based components points; 20% based on HS points
6-12 Schools: 70% based on state assessment based components points; 30% based on HS points

2011-2012

Please note: More detailed descriptions of each of these components is available in Section 9 (non-FCAT high school grading components) of the School Grades Technical Assistance Paper at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/pdf/1112/SchoolGradesTAP2012.pdf (PDF).

  • Graduation Rate: Overall. The percentage of students graduating with a standard diploma within four years of initial enrollment in grade 9, adjusting for transfers. (100 points max.)
  • Five Year Graduation Rate: Overall. The percentage of students graduating with a standard or special diploma within five years of initial enrollment in grade 9, adjusting for transfers. (100 points max.)
  • Graduation rate for At-Risk Students. The same graduation rate formula is applied to at-risk students as for the overall high school population. At-risk students are those who scored at Level 2 or below on both FCAT Reading and FCAT Mathematics in grade 8. Weighted at a factor of 0.5. (50 points max.)
  • Five Year Graduation Rate for At-Risk Students. The same five-year graduation rate formula is applied to at-risk students as for the overall high school population. At-risk students are those who scored at Level 2 or below on both FCAT Reading and FCAT Mathematics in grade 8. Weighted at a factor of 0.5. (50 points max.)
  • Acceleration: Participation. Based on examinations taken for AP, IB, and AICE subject areas, industry certification program outcomes, and dual enrollment courses, this component measures the combined weighted student participation count (grades 9-12) divided by the membership count of students in grades 11-12, including qualifying 9th and 10th graders. Students in grades 9 and 10 are included as participants in the numerator if they have successful completions (passing test scores, or, for dual enrollment, passing course grades of "C" or higher).(150 points [weighting factor = 1.5])
  • Acceleration: Performance. This component is the measure of weighted successful completions in accelerated curricula divided by the count of accelerated curriculum participants. (150 points [weighting factor = 1.5])
  • Readiness Reading; Readiness Math. Postsecondary readiness, which is calculated separately for reading and math, is determined by the count of on-time graduates scoring "ready" or higher on ACT, SAT, CPT, or P.E.R.T. examinations divided by the total count of on-time graduates. Cut scores for readiness are provided online at http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/perfCPT/default.asp. (100 points maximum for math; 100 points maximum for reading)
  • Bonus/Deduction. Governing legislation (s. 1008.34, Florida Statutes) requires that annual growth or decline in each of the high school grade components be measured and incorporated in the points for each component. Schools that demonstrate an annual increase in their component points receive additional points based on the annual increase in points, up to 10 points per component (adjusted for applicable weighting factors). Schools lose five points for a component if performance declines by 10 or more percentage points annually (adjusted for applicable weighting factors).
  • Adequate Progress for At-Risk Students. In addition to meeting adequate progress requirements (learning gains) for low-performing students and requirements to test at least 90% of students (95% to qualify for an "A"), high schools that would otherwise earn an "A" on points must meet a statewide target of 65% for the four-year graduation rate of at-risk students or show sufficient annual improvement in that rate to qualify for a grade of "A." Sufficient annual improvement = 1% or more for schools that have an at-risk graduation rate of at least 55%. Schools that have an at-risk graduation rate of below 55% must show at least a 5% annual increase in the rate to meet this requirement.
  • Weighting. For regular high schools, the school grade will be weighted 50% based on the state assessment based components and 50% based on the non-state assessment based (high school) components. Combination schools serving the high school grades will be classified as either K-12 schools or 6-12 schools based on the closest match for the range of grades served. These schools will have the following weighting factor for the school grade applied to the state assessment-based and non-state assessment-based (HS) points.
K-12 Schools: 80% based on state assessment based components points; 20% based on HS points
6-12 Schools: 70% based on state assessment based components points; 30% based on HS points

2010-2011

Please note: More detailed descriptions of each of these components is available in Section 8 (non-FCAT high school grading components) of the School Grades Technical Assistance Paper at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/pdf/1011/SchoolGradesTAP2011.pdf (PDF).

  • Graduation Rate: Overall. The percentage of students graduating with a standard or special diploma within four years of initial enrollment in grade 9, adjusting for transfers. Double-weighted. (200 points max.)
  • Graduation rate for At-Risk Students. The same graduation rate formula is applied to at-risk students as for the overall high school population. At-risk students are those who scored at Level 2 or below on both FCAT Reading and FCAT Mathematics in grade 8. (100 points max.)
  • Acceleration: Participation. Based on examinations taken for AP, IB, and AICE subject areas, industry certification program outcomes, and dual enrollment courses, this component measures the combined weighted student participation count (grades 9-12) divided by the membership count of students in grades 11-12. Students in grades 9 and 10 may only be included as participants in the numerator if they have successful completions (passing test scores, or, for dual enrollment, passing course grades of "C" or higher).(175 points [weighting factor = 1.75])
  • Acceleration: Performance. This component is the measure of weighted successful completions in accelerated curricula divided by the count of accelerated curriculum participants. (125 points [weighting factor = 1.25])
  • Readiness Reading; Readiness Math. Postsecondary readiness, which is calculated separately for reading and math, is determined by the count of on-time graduates scoring "ready" or higher on ACT, SAT, or Common Placement Test (CPT) examinations divided by the total count of on-time graduates scoring at FCAT level 3 or higher in the applicable subject area. Cut scores for readiness are provided online at http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/perfCPT/default.asp. (100 points maximum for math; 100 points maximum for reading)
  • Bonus/Deduction. Governing legislation (s. 1008.34, Florida Statutes) requires that annual growth or decline in each of the high school grade components be measured and incorporated in the points for each component. Schools that demonstrate an annual increase in their component points receive additional points based on the annual increase in points, up to 20 points per component (up to 40 points for double-weighted components). Schools lose five points for a component if performance declines by 10 or more percentage points annually (with up to ten points subtracted for double-weighted components).
  • Adequate Progress for At-Risk Students. In addition to meeting adequate progress requirements (learning gains) for low-performing students and requirements to test at least 90% of students (95% to qualify for an "A"), high schools that would otherwise earn an "A" on points must meet a statewide target of 75% for the graduation rate of at-risk students or show sufficient annual improvement in that rate to qualify for a grade of "A." Sufficient annual improvement = 1% or more for schools that have an at-risk graduation rate of at least 65%. Schools that have an at-risk graduation rate of below 65% must show at least a 5% annual increase in the rate to meet this requirement.
  • Weighting. For regular high schools, the school grade will be weighted 50% based on the FCAT components and 50% based on the non-FCAT (high school) components. Combination schools serving the high school grades will be classified as either K-12 schools or 6-12 schools based on the closest match for the range of grades served. These schools will have the following weighting factor for the school grade applied to the FCAT-based and non-FCAT-based (HS) points.
K-12 Schools: 80% based on FCAT points; 20% based on HS points
6-12 Schools: 70% based on FCAT points; 30% based on HS points

2009-2010

Please note: More detailed descriptions of each of these components is available in Section 8 (non-FCAT high school grading components) of the School Grades Technical Assistance Paper at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/pdf/0910/2010SchoolGradesTAP.pdf (PDF).

  • Graduation Rate: Overall. The percentage of students graduating with a standard or special diploma within four years of initial enrollment in grade 9, adjusting for transfers. Double-weighted. (200 points max.)
  • Graduation rate for At-Risk Students. The same graduation rate formula is applied to at-risk students as for the overall high school population. At-risk students are those who scored at Level 2 or below on both FCAT Reading and FCAT Mathematics in grade 8. (100 points max.)
  • Acceleration: Participation. Based on examinations taken for AP, IB, and AICE subject areas, industry certification program outcomes, and dual enrollment courses, this component measures the combined weighted student participation count (grades 9-12) divided by the membership count of students in grades 11-12. Students in grades 9 and 10 may only be included as participants in the numerator if they have successful completions (passing test scores, or, for dual enrollment, passing course grades of "C" or higher). Double weighted. (200 points max.)
  • Acceleration: Performance. This component is the measure of weighted successful completions in accelerated curricula divided by the count of accelerated curriculum participants. (100 points)
  • Readiness Reading; Readiness Math. Postsecondary readiness, which is calculated separately for reading and math, is determined by the count of on-time graduates scoring "ready" or higher on ACT, SAT, or Common Placement Test (CPT) examinations divided by the total count of on-time graduates scoring at FCAT level 3 or higher in the applicable subject area. Cut scores for readiness are provided online at http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/perfCPT/default.asp. (100 points maximum for math; 100 points maximum for reading)
  • Bonus/Deduction. Governing legislation (s. 1008.34, Florida Statutes) requires that annual growth or decline in each of the high school grade components be measured and incorporated in the points for each component. Schools that demonstrate an annual increase in their component points receive additional points based on the annual increase in points, up to 20 points per component (up to 40 points for double-weighted components). Schools lose five points for a component if performance declines by 10 or more percentage points annually (with up to ten points subtracted for double-weighted components).
  • Adequate Progress for At-Risk Students. In addition to meeting adequate progress requirements (learning gains) for low-performing students and requirements to test at least 90% of students (95% to qualify for an "A"), high schools that would otherwise earn an "A" on points must meet a statewide target of 75% for the graduation rate of at-risk students or show sufficient annual improvement in that rate to qualify for a grade of "A." Sufficient annual improvement = 1% or more for schools that have an at-risk graduation rate of at least 65%. Schools that have an at-risk graduation rate of below 65% must show at least a 5% annual increase in the rate to meet this requirement.
  • Weighting. For regular high schools, the school grade will be weighted 50% based on the FCAT components and 50% based on the non-FCAT (high school) components. Combination schools serving the high school grades will be classified as either K-12 schools or 6-12 schools based on the closest match for the range of grades served. These schools will have the following weighting factor for the school grade applied to the FCAT-based and non-FCAT-based (HS) points.
K-12 Schools: 80% based on FCAT points; 20% based on HS points
6-12 Schools: 70% based on FCAT points; 30% based on HS points
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