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The federal government has given new guidance regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that has resulted in restrictions in the amount of student data that may be publically reported. FERPA (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) prohibits the release of individually identifiable information to the public. Therefore, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has adopted the new guidelines for the reporting of aggregate student data and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is implementing these guidelines as follows:
Student Enrollment and Testing Data
Out-of-School Suspension Data
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The School Progress Index (SPI) is a new accountability system that helps educators gauge how well a school is progressing in its quest to improve performance for all students. The yardstick for every school is set against its own ability to reduce by half in six years the portion of students not achieving proficiency, with annual improvement targets set for every school and every subgroup individually. In addition to achievement and growth, it focuses strongly on new measures of a school’s ability to close gaps between its highest performing student groups and its lowest, and for high schools to graduate students on time college- and career-ready.
The SPI evaluates schools on indicators of Achievement, Growth, and Gap Reduction for elementary and middle schools; and Achievement, Gap Reduction, and College- and Career-Readiness for high schools; and then groups schools for Intervention, Support, and Recognition depending on their progress. The scale starts at 0, for which a 1.0 value means meeting the target. The SPI is compensatory, so that a low value on one indicator may be balanced by a high value on another indicator.
The Achievement indicator (measured at the elementary, middle, and high school levels) indicates the school’s performance for “all students” on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA), Modified MSA, Alternate MSA, and the High School Assessment (HSA) in meeting Mathematics, English/Language Arts, and Science proficient and advanced levels relative to the school’s targets.
Student Growth Indicator
The Student Growth indicator (measured at the elementary and middle school levels) represents a student’s progress from one year to the next. It indicates the growth of all students within an elementary or middle school for the following measures:
Gap Reduction Indicator
The Gap Reduction indicator (measured at the elementary, middle, and high school levels) represents a decrease in the difference between the highest-achieving subgroup and the lowest-achieving subgroup within the following measured areas:
College- and Career-Readiness Indicator
The College- and Career-Readiness indicator (measured at the high school level only) represents a combination of measures that ensure students are prepared for the future upon graduation. College- and Career-Readiness consists of the Five-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate and College and Career Preparation (CCP). CCP is a measurement of a student’s success in one of the following areas: Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB); Career and Technology Education (CTE) Concentrators; or Enrollment in College.
Each school will receive a score on each of the indicators and the overall SPI. These data will ensure an in-depth look at the school—where it is strong and areas that may need improvement. This information will be used to group schools in one of five “Strands.” Strands are designed to categorize schools to provide them with support, intervention, and recognition. Schools in Strand 1 will receive the least amount of support and monitoring, while schools in Strand 5 will receive the greatest level of support and monitoring.