Academic Outcomes

The academic section of the framework focuses on quantitative academic outcomes. It reflects the PCSC’s commitment to considering schools’ performance in the context of their communities and student demographics.

The performance framework details the standards of achievement for each measure.

The Guide to the Calculation of Academic Ratings offers detailed explanations of how points are awarded.

The academic measures below describe the level of achievement needed to meet the standard. Schools may also achieve an “exceeds standard” rating.


K-8 Measures

State Proficiency Comparison Math

Meets Standard:  The school’s proficiency rate in math is equal to the state average, or exceeds it by 1 – 15 percentage points.

State Proficiency Comparison ELA

Meets Standard:  The school’s proficiency rate in ELA is equal to the state average, or exceeds it by 1 – 15 percentage points.

District Proficiency Comparison Math

Meets Standard:  The school’s proficiency rate in math is equal to the district average, or exceeds it by 1 – 15 percentage points.

District Proficiency Comparison ELA

Meets Standard:  The school’s proficiency rate in ELA is equal to the district average, or exceeds it by 1 – 15 percentage points.

Criterion-Referenced Growth Math

Meets Standard:  Between 70% and 84% of students are making adequate academic growth in math.

Criterion- Referenced Growth ELA

Meets Standard:  Between 70% and 84% of students are making adequate academic growth in ELA


9-12 Measures

State Proficiency Comparison Math

Meets Standard:  The school’s proficiency rate in math is equal to the state average, or exceeds it by 1 – 15 percentage points

State Proficiency Comparison ELA

Meets Standard:  The school’s proficiency rate in ELA is equal to the state average, or exceeds it by 1 – 15 percentage points.

District Proficiency Comparison Math

Meets Standard:  The school’s proficiency rate in math is equal to the district average, or exceeds it by 1 – 15 percentage points.

District Proficiency Comparison ELA

Meets Standard:  The school’s proficiency rate in ELA is equal to the district average, or exceeds it by 1 – 15 percentage points

Norm-Referenced Growth Math

Meets Standard:  The school’s median student growth percentile in math falls between the 43rd and 65th percentile.

Norm-Referenced Growth ELA

Meets Standard:  The school’s median student growth percentile in ELA falls between the 43rd and 65th percentile.

Post-Secondary Readiness

Meets Standard:  The school either: a) had a four-year ACGR of 80% – 89% OR b) had a four-year ACGR of at least 66% AND met its progress goal.


Alternative School Measures

Math Proficiency Rate Comparison to Alternatives

Meets Standard:  The school’s math proficiency rate meets or exceeds the average (mean) for alternative schools but is below the top 10% of alternative schools statewide.

ELA Proficiency Rate Comparison to Alternatives

Meets Standard:  The school’s ELA proficiency rate meets or exceeds the average (mean) for alternative schools but is below the top 10%.

Norm-Referenced Growth Math

Meets Standard:  The school’s median student growth percentile in math meets or exceeds the average for alternative schools but is below the top 10%.

Norm-Referenced Growth ELA

Meets Standard:  The school’s median student growth percentile in ELA meets or exceeds the average for alternative schools but is below the top 10%.

Five-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

Meets Standard:  The school had a five-year cohort graduation rate of 66% – 80% OR met its progress goal.