Following the introductory videos explaining how the school index reports the percentage of a state set target, a new video has been posted on proficiency. In this video, we examine how the state set the targets for proficiency at the 75th percentile, meaning 25% of schools are already above the target. We also examine how content areas are weighted by the number of students but subgroups are not weighted the same. Visit the Accountability Page for the collection of support videos and other resources.
In addition to the requirement of an improvement plan in June, please remember each building and each district must submit a program evaluation using the "long form" provided by MDE. The department requires only one evaluation to be submitted on the "long form" for each entity into ASSIST. All federally funded programs must also be evaluated and districts would likely benefit from the "compact evaluation form" found on the Prog Eval Page. A new video has been posted explaining how the evaluation process fits into school improvement and the tools available on the SI Timeline.
School Index by MI Dept of Education
ESSA requires new labels such as Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools which replace the previous label Priority. With the new labels also come a new system to identify the lowest 5% of schools in the state.
The Accountability Page will be updated over the next couple of weeks to include videos and resources that hopefully help educators to make sense of this complicated index system. The first of these videos comes in two parts, about 10 minutes each. Part 1a covers the purpose, labels, how to interpret the overall score, this might be intuitive for some people. Video 1b digs a little deeper into the score calculations of participation components. The next video, not yet posted, will cover the differences between proficiency on MI School Data and the Proficiency Index (and why the index does not favor MS).