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State Board Action Voted to Extend Testing Accountability Grace Period

 

The State Board of Education voted last week to suspend calculating the new Academic Performance Index (API) for the 2013-14 school year. This action, coupled with the new approved federal waiver, allows California to go forward with a three-year accountability holiday without the concern that schools could lose their federal Title I funds.

Below is a basic outline:

  • 2013-14 - API status frozen; no schools will have new sanctions and no new school will be identified for program improvement.  
  • 2014-15 - First year the SBAC assessment; API status frozen; no schools will have new sanctions and no new school will be identified for program improvement.
  • 2015-16 - SBAC assessments given statewide for second time; API status frozen; no schools will have new sanctions and no new school will be identified for program improvement.
  • 2016-17 - Final year of accountability holiday. Statewide base API will be established. The growth API for schools will be identified.
  • 2017-18 - Schools will be held accountable for the first time.

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