The Pennsylvania Accountability System applies to all public schools and districts. It is based upon the State's content and achievement standards, valid and reliable measures of academic achievement, and other key indicators of school and district performance such as attendance and graduation rates. The Pennsylvania Accountability System meets the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and has the same end goal - having every child in the Commonwealth proficient or above in reading and mathematics by the year 2014.
Schools are evaluated on a minimum target level of improvement called Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). A key additional feature of the Pennsylvania Accountability System is that it allows both a school's absolute level of achievement (the proportion of students who score at or above the proficient level), and a school's growth in achievement from one year to the next to be recognized.
|AYP Score and Participation Attribution Map|
The following charts describe how PSSA scores and participation will be attributed for accountability purposes in 2013.
For previous years, see AYP Historical Information.
The "Understanding AYP 2012" presentation was designed to explain how schools and districts can ensure that AYP determinations for 2012 are correct by providing information on correct attribution of students, correct assignment of demographic information for students, and knowledge and understanding of the targets schools and districts must meet. In addition, the presentation outlines the AYP Appeals process for 2011 and provides all timelines for AYP.
The Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) Attribution System will be available to LEAs May 21 - 25, 2012 at www.drc-web.com/onlinecorrections to verify and correct, if necessary, all student attribution information and to update PAsecure IDs and birthdates for students who did not use precode labels.
In preparation for the opening of this important window, PDE and DRC will provide online training covering PDE’s Attribution Map, examples of HOW and WHY a student should be attributed, demonstrations of attribution using the DRC website, examples of when NOT to attribute a student in the system and additional information related to training for the 1% PASA Cap and the 2% PSSA-M Cap.
|2012 Appeals Process and Data Corrections|
Directions for Filing an Appeal:
There are four separate Appeal forms:
District / Charter School Appeal Form School Appeal Form Full-Time CTC/AVTS Appeal Form Form to Remove Home-Schooled Students from AYP Calculation
If you are a district, please do not submit an appeal for the district on a "School" Appeal Form. Similarly, do not submit an appeal for a school on a "District" Appeal Form. Appeals that are submitted on the wrong form cannot be reviewed. If you file an appeal for more than one school in a district, you must use a separate form for each school. Appeals postmarked after August 7, 2012 cannot be accepted. Please submit appeals as a packet which includes a Cover Page, Routing Page, all applicable appeal forms, and all supporting documentation. Do not submit pages separately.
Data Corrections Forms