School Consequences


1. Districts and schools receive no credit when a student doesn’t participate in state testing. This can negatively impact a district’s state A-F report card grades.

 a. Families and businesses often consult A-F grades in choosing where to live, locate a business and how to vote on tax levies.

b. These grades also may impact school choice programs, flexibility on how funding is spent and which schools receive extra help from the state.

c. If student participation in a district drops below 95 percent overall or for specific subgroups of students, the district could face new restrictions on how it spends its money pursuant to federal law. Additionally, the district or school will receive demotions on their Gap Closing report card measure.

 d. Students who do not participate in the required state tests will earn no points towards the school’s performance index score. e. In the future, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will require schools and districts that do not meet the 95 percent participation requirement to develop a corrective action plan. They must use stakeholder input to develop a plan that will improve their participation rate.

2. Districts and schools cannot count students who do not take all required state tests in their average daily membership (ADM) for state funding, unless they obtain a waiver from the Department.

3. Teachers may be evaluated based, in part, on student test scores from the 2016-2017 school year. If a student does not take a state test, that student’s growth will not be included in the teacher’s evaluation.

4. Teachers will not have access to advanced diagnostic information from state tests, such as student growth projections, to help inform instruction.

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