The School Improvement Framework (SIF) allows districts to view schools individually on seven academic indicators and compare the desired subgroup population's performance against all students. This article outlines helpful information for users before using the School Improvement Framework application. Each of the various indicators is addressed, including summaries of business rules, cautions, and any setup required for each portion.
The SIF tool was built based on the business rules of ESSA/WSIF in Washington State, available here. You can select either a single year or multiple years. The intention is that the tool will mimic what would be your WSIF "results" as you look at data from a single year or multiple years.
The results are very close to what will be found in the files from OSPI, but there are a few cases where SDS cannot wholly implement the business rules, especially when looking at the current year. For example, in the current year, a student may not have attended for the required number of days to count in an indicator but will by the end of the school year, so they might not be measuring right now but will count when the school year ends. Many indicators are unavailable for the current year until the required number of school/calendar days have occurred. Extensive validation testing done by several districts in ESD 105 found that the numbers are within 1-2% or better.
One must also be cognizant of available data when selecting indicators and years. Depending on the time of year, If you look at all measures for a school and the previous school year only, you may see an incomplete data display. This results from situations such as the ELPA21 scores are not available yet; you may have incomplete SBA ELA/Math data as all testing has not yet occurred, or the SGPs being blank because that data isn’t available until October. As you select each indicator separately, you see blank data screens where the data are not available yet for the indicator.
Districts have been using tools to indicate their deciles for the previous year when the files were not yet released from OSPI. Districts have also used this for the current year for indicators where the data is present.
Individual school measures can be determined by selecting the school and year(s) of interest. Remember, there is no district WSIF measures, only school-level measures. Also, current year All Measures are only available after the enrollment requirements in the business rule are met.
Proficiency and Student Growth are determined with data loaded into SDS assessments. The results are embedded in business rules for student enrollment and other considerations (such as EL participation and exclusion from ELA assessments). Preliminary proficiency results are used until the final files are available and loaded. Remember that Student Growth data is not typically available until October 15 or after for the previous year’s assessments.
The graduation rate applies to only schools that graduate students. Individual school years and three-year cohorts can be selected to determine rates. Where available, 5-year and 6-year adjusted rates are available as well.
REGULAR ATTENDANCE RATE
The Regular Attendance Rate is determined by students enrolled for 90 calendar days in the school year. Current year data is not available until school/calendar requirements are met. However, prior years can be easily viewed.
EL PROGRESS RATE
EL Progress is determined by students who have at least two ELPA21 scores and are making progress as determined by the OSPI progress chart.
Reference: 2018 Washington School Improvement Framework Business Rules found here
Because the rules require two years, selecting a single year to investigate will result in Invalid results. Additionally, OSPI has not released business rules around the 18-19 school year scores. This means that the indicator is using rules from the 17-18 school year and applying them to the 18-19 school year, which ultimately may be incorrect. Once 18-19 school year rules are available; the tool will be updated.
DUAL CREDIT RATE
The Dual Credit Rate applies to only schools that offer dual credit courses as defined by OSPI. SDS uses the course code indicators of Running Start, College in the High School, AP/IB.and Tech Prep. To ensure all dual credit courses are counted, a district can submit a list in Excel of dual credit courses (course name and course code) to email@example.com to update the listings used to determine this student’s enrollment in dual credit classes.
NINTH GRADE ON TRACK
This indicator uses first-time ninth-grade students, their attempted courses, and any recorded F grades in their attempted courses. Different methods utilized in districts to withdraw students from courses can impact this indicator.