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By GreatSchools Staff
For elementary and middle schools, designations are based on student performance on the End-of-Grade reading and math tests in grades 3 through 8, writing tests in grades 4 and 7, and the Computer Skills Test in grade 8. Alternate assessments and End-of-Course results are also included. For high schools, student performance on End-of-Course tests, the drop-out rate and the change in the percentage of students completing college prep courses of study are included, along with alternate assessments. For all schools, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is also factored in the final designation. The designations are defined as follows:
Certified staff members and teaching assistants at schools receiving High Growth or Expected Growth designations receive monetary incentive awards. Schools that receive a designation of Low Performing receive customized support from the state designed to help them improve their performance. Low Performing schools are required to notify parents of their designation in writing.
If your child attends a school that is designated Low-Performing, ask what steps the school is taking to raise achievement levels for all students, and what you can do to help. Because these schools are likely to face additional consequences under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, your child may be eligible to receive federal and/or state money for tutoring or to transfer to another school.
K-2 schools, vocational, career and technical centers, special education schools and hospital schools do not receive ABC designations, though they may receive prorated incentive awards based on the ABCs designation of the regular schools they serve.
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