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3 improvement to a degree that will reasonably quickly lead to adequate achievement levels. * Although Michigan applied for a waiver to include Title I secondary schools in the Tier 2 pool, Michigan has chosen instead to use the flexibility granted to states through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 to make newly eligible all Title 1 secondary schools with lower performance than the highest performing Tier 2 school. This allows us to offer School Improvement Grant funds to an additional 64 schools. This additional flexibility is described in Guidance on School Improvement Grants, page 11: an SEA may identify as a Tier II school a secondary school that is eligible for Title I, Part A funds and that: (A)(1) Has not made AYP for at least two consecutive years; or (2) Is in the State s lowest quintile of performance based on proficiency rates on the State s assessments under section 1111(b)(3) of the ESEA in reading/language arts and mathematics combined; and (B)(1) Is no higher achieving than the highest-achieving school identified by the SEA under paragraph (a)(2)(i) of the definition of persistently lowest-achieving schools (step 14 in A- 18); or (2) Is a high school that has had a graduation rate as defined in 34 C.F.R (b) that is less than 60 percent over a number of years. 3

5 2. Calculate a percent proficiency index for the most recent two years in which data are available: a. Obtain the percent proficient (pp3 and pp2 for the most recent and previous year, respectively) b. Obtain the number of students tested (nt3 and nt2 for the most recent and previous year, respectively) c. Calculated a weighted average of percent proficient over the most recent to years as pp=((pp3*nt3)+(pp2*nt2))/(nt3+nt2) d. Calculate the percent proficient index ppi = (pp mean(pp)) / sd(pp) [a z-score] 3. Calculate a percent change index: a. Where adjacent year testing occurs (e.g., reading & math in elementary/middle school): i. Obtain the percent of students improving or significantly improving for the two most recent years (pi3 and pi2 for the most recent and previous year, respectively) ii. Obtain the percent of student declining or significantly declining for the two most recent years (pd3 and pd2 for the most recent and previous year, respectively) iii. Calculate a weighted average of percents improving and declining as pi=((pi3*nt3)+(pi2*nt2))/(nt3+nt2) and pd=((pd3*nt3)+(pd2*nt2))/(nt3+nt2) iv. Calculate the two-year average percent improving minus twoyear average percent declining (pid = pi pd) v. Calculate the percent change index pci = (pid mean(pid)) / sd(pid) [a z-score] b. Where adjacent grade testing does not occur (e.g., high school): i. Obtain the percent proficient two years ago (pp1) and if available three years ago (pp0) ii. Obtain the number of FAY students tested two years ago (nt1) and if available three years ago (nt0) iii. Calculate the slope (b1) of the simple regression of percents proficient on year (representing the three-year or four-year annual change in percent proficient) if there are at least 20 FAY students tested in each of the years used for calculating slopes. Assign a zero (0) if there are less than 20 FAY students tested in any one of the years used to calculate slopes. iv. Calculate the percent change index pci = (b1 mean(b1)) / sd(b1) [a z-score] 4. Calculate the percent proficient plus change index (ppci = [2*ppi + pci]/3) 5. Calculate the school percentile rank on ppci (pr) 6. Calculate the average school percentile rank across reading and mathematics and grade spans (elementary/middle versus high school) in which the school received a percentile rank (pr.av.mr is calculated as the average of from 2 to 4 percentile ranks) 7. Calculate the school overall percentile rank across reading and mathematics (pr.mr) as the school percentile rank on pr.av.mr NOTE: mean(x) denotes the mean (or average) of x NOTE: sd(x) denotes the standard deviation of x NOTE: Calculating separately for each grade span addresses the issues of differences in pass rates across subjects and across elementary/middle schools versus high schools. This assures that the list does not consist 5

7 ii. AND did not make it onto the Tier 1 lowest 5% list iii. AND have overall performance (on pr.mr calculated for all schools statewide) that is lower than or equal to the highest ranked school (on pr.mr as calculated only for the Tier 2 eligible pool) that appears on the preliminary Tier 2 lowest 5% list c. High schools with a graduation rate of 60% or below for three years 8. Place on the final Tier 2 watch list: a. all schools on the preliminary Tier 2 watch list that do not show up on the Tier 2 list b. PLUS any schools from the Tier 1 pool that: i. are secondary schools ii. AND did not make it onto the Tier 1 lowest 5% list iii. AND did not make it onto the Tier 1 watch list iv. AND have overall performance (on pr.mr calculated for all schools statewide) that is lower than or equal to the highest ranked school (on pr.mr as calculated only for the Tier 2 eligible pool) that appears on the preliminary Tier 2 watch list Additional steps for the overall lowest 5% list (schools subject to state reform officer monitoring and/or takeover) and overall watch list (schools in danger of falling onto the lowest 5% list) 1. Place schools onto the overall lowest 5% list if they are on either the Tier 1 or Tier 2 lowest 5% list 2. Place schools onto the overall watch list if they are on either the Tier 1 or Tier 2 watch list Additional steps/criteria for the small school lowest 5% projection list 1. Rerun the entire Tier 1/Tier 2 process as a projection without the FAY 30 restriction (replaced by a FAY 1 restriction), and identify schools as on the small schools lowest 5% projection list if: a. They were not included in the original run b. AND they appear on either the projected Tier 1 lowest 5% list or projected Tier 2 lowest 5% list Additional steps for the Tier 3 list 1. Place schools on the Tier 3 list if they are in the Tier 1 pool, but do not show up on the overall lowest 5% list 2. Place schools on the Tier 3 list if they show up on the small school lowest 5% projection list but did not show up on the Tier 1 or Tier 2 lists in the initial run. ** Note: In addition to publishing the list of persistently lowest achieving schools (PLA) the Michigan Department of Education will publish a state watch list of schools in the lowest quintile (6-20%). This does not affect the PLA ranking or eligibility for the School Improvement Grant, but provides an alert to LEAs to work with these schools to keep them out of the PLA category. 7

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