2. Strive HI Index
Under No Child Left Behind, there were two options for schools: they either “made” or “did not make” Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP. In that system, AYP status was a crude instrument that led directly to a series of strict, escalating consequences.
Under the Strive HI Performance System, the Strive HI Index will serve as more of a diagnostic tool to understand a school’s performance and progress and differentiate schools based on their individuals needs for reward, support and intervention. The Strive HI Index includes several indicators, aligned with those in the Strategic Plan, to measure achievement, growth, readiness and achievement gaps. By using a comprehensive set of indicators, the Strive HI Index provides a more complete picture of a school that will help the school, community and system answer the following questions:
- How are students in this school performing in reading, math and science?
Compared to similar students in other schools, how well is this school improving its students’ math and reading skills over time?
Is this school doing its part in preparing students to graduate college- and career-ready?
Is this school closing achievement gaps between high-needs students and non-high needs students?
Each school will receive a score between 0 and 400 points, with achievement, growth, readiness and achievement gaps each counting for 100 points. The Department will include each school’s Index points and composite score on its updated school report card. The Index scores (graphic, top) will also be used to customize the rewards, supports and interventions to best suit the school’s needs.
- Achievement: The Achievement indicators measure whether a school is providing students with the math, reading and science skills for a solid academic foundation. Math, reading and science proficiency will be measured by the statewide assessments in grades 3-8 and 10.
Growth: The Growth indicators measure whether a school is improving students’ reading and math scores over time in grades 4-8 and 10.
- Readiness: The Readiness indicators measure whether a school is doing its part in ensuring students are ready to move through the K-12 pipeline prepared to graduate ready for college and careers.
- For elementary schools, the chronic absenteeism rate is defined as the percentage of students absent for 15 or more school days a year (excluding medical emergencies).
For middle schools, the readiness indicators will be performance on a college and career readiness assessment (CCRA), and percent earning high school credit for Algebra I.
For high schools, readiness is weighted more heavily as these students are wrapping up their secondary education. The Index will use performance on a CCRA, the four-year and five-year graduation rate, and the college-going rate.
- Achievement Gap: The Achievement Gap indicators measure the achievement gap between high-needs students (low income, English language learners, special education) and their non-high-needs peers.
Index changes coming
Coming with results for School Year 2015-16, a number of changes to the index will reconfigure weights for elementary, middle and high schools. View this overview.