HONOR ROLL FAQ: Q. How did you select the honor roll schools? A. Q. What is the difference between Star and Scholar Schools? A

  HONOR  ROLL  FAQ:     Q.    How  did  you  select  the  honor  roll  schools?   A.  We  used  a  statistical  approach  called  latent  class  mod...
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HONOR  ROLL  FAQ:     Q.    How  did  you  select  the  honor  roll  schools?   A.  We  used  a  statistical  approach  called  latent  class  modeling,  which   groups  schools  into  clusters  based  on  their  performance  in  a  number  of   categories.  For  all  schools,  we  examined  proficiency  rates  in  language  arts,   math  and  science;  improvement  in  student  achievement  in  language  arts,   math  and  science  based  on  percentile  ranked  scores;  and  finally   achievement  gap  reduction  for  all  significant  subgroups  in  language  arts,   mathematics  and  science.  For  high  schools  we  added  Early  Assessment   Program  (EAP)  college  readiness  in  language  arts  and  math,  EAP   participation  rates,  Advanced  Placement/International  Baccalaureate     (AP/IB)  participation  and  passing  rates,  A-­‐G  completion  rates,  graduation   rates  and  dropout  rates.    A  detailed  description  of  our  methodology  is   available  on  the  Honor  Roll  page  at  <  http://ca.edresults.org/HonorRoll/>.     Q.  What  is  the  difference  between  Star  and  Scholar  Schools?   A.  Star  schools  have  greater  than  one-­‐third  of  their  students  identified  as   socioeconomically  disadvantaged.  Scholar  schools  have  less  than  one-­‐third   of  their  students  who  are  socioeconomically  disadvantaged.  Students  are   considered  socioeconomically  disadvantaged  if  they  are  eligible  for  the   National  School  Lunch  Program  or  if  neither  of  their  parents  received  a   high-­‐school  diploma.     Q.  How  were  you  able  to  create  a  2014  honor  roll  with  the  suspension  of   standardized  (SBAC)  testing  in  California  that  year?     A.  We  used  the  most  recent  data  available.  We  used  2013  California   Standards  Test  (CST)  data  for  language  arts  and  mathematics.  The   California  Department  of  Education  (CDE)  released  science  test  data  for   2014,  which  was  used  in  our  analysis.  Other  metrics  such  as  the  Early   Assessment  Program  (EAP)  were  available  for  2014.            



Q.  How  is  your  honor  roll  different  from  the  US  News  and  World  Report   best  high  school  ranking?   A.  While  both  of  the  models  share  common  aspects  such  as  examination  of   proficiency  rates  and  achievement  gaps,  there  are  considerable  differences   both  in  the  purpose  of  the  rankings  and  in  how  they  are  accomplished.     The  US  News  and  World  Report  ranking  is  only  available  for  high  schools   while  the  Campaign  for  Business  and  Education  Excellence  (CBEE)  Honor   Roll  also  includes  elementary  and  middle  schools.  Additionally,  the  Honor   Roll  includes  a  measurement  of  improvement,  broader  examination  of   achievement  gaps  for  more  than  just  the  socioeconomically  disadvantaged   subgroup.  The  Honor  Roll  also  adds  graduation  and  dropout  rate  data  to   the  analysis.       Both  methodologies  are  effective  in  identifying  high  performing  schools.   The  CBEE  Honor  Roll  provides  a  more  detailed  measurement  and  thus   establishes  a  higher  bar  of  performance  that  schools  must  reach  to  be  an   Honor  Roll  school.     Q.  How  is  your  honor  roll  different  from  the  California  Distinguished   Schools  program?   A.  The  California  Distinguished  Schools  program  invites  schools  to  apply  to   be  recognized  rather  than  being  based  solely  on  their  academic   performance.  All  schools  are  eligible  for  the  Campaign  for  Business  and   Education  Excellence  (CBEE)  Honor  Roll  without  any  sort  of  application   process.  We  utilize  publicly  available  achievement  data  to  identify  higher   performing  schools  so  that  they  can  be  recognized  and  share  their   successful  practices  with  other  schools.       Q.  Why  didn’t  my  school  get  selected?   A.  Your  school  is  likely  doing  well  in  many  areas  of  achievement,  but  to  be   recognized  as  CBEE  Honor  Roll  School,  your  school  needs  to  be   outperforming  other  schools  in  all  of  the  areas  we  examined.  Data  for  all   Honor  Roll  schools  is  available  on  the  Honor  Roll  page.  You  can  examine   the  performance  of  Honor  Roll  schools  to  see  how  your  school  compares.  If   you  still  have  specific  questions  about  why  your  school  wasn’t  selected,   you  can  email  our  Help  Desk  at  [email protected].    



  Q.  My  school  was  selected  previously,  why  didn’t  you  select  us  this   year?   A.  Even  with  our  previous  criteria,  schools  were  dropped  from  and  added   to  the  Honor  Roll  each  year  because  of  changes  in  their  academic   achievement.  This  year,  due  to  the  California  Department  of  Education   (CDE)  not  releasing  2014  test  data  for  our  state,  we  utilized  a  different   methodology  to  identify  the  Honor  Roll  schools.  Typically  schools  drop  off   the  Honor  Roll  in  a  particular  year  due  to  a  drop  in  performance  on  one  or   more  of  the  criteria,  such  as  improvement  over  time.  Many  schools  that   miss  the  Honor  Roll  in  a  particular  year  make  it  in  a  subsequent  year.     Q.  My  school  had  an  800+  API,  why  didn’t  we  get  selected?   A.  While  it  is  based  on  the  state  assessment  data  we  use  for  the  Honor  Roll,   the  Academic  Performance  Index  (API)  is  not  part  of  the  criteria  we  utilize.   An  API  of  800  had  been  designated  by  the  California  Department  of   Education    (CDE)  as  a  goal  for  schools  to  reach,  but  our  analysis  revealed   that  schools  could  reach  that  level  of  API  and  still  only  be  getting  slightly   more  than  half  of  their  students  to  grade  level  on  the  state  assessment.  As   a  result,  many  more  schools  reached  that  800  API  level  than  were  selected   for  the  Honor  Roll  because  of  its  more  detailed  criteria.     Q.  What  goes  into  the  “Achievement”  measure?   A.  The  “Achievement”  portion  of  the  Honor  Roll  criteria  examines  the   percentage  of  students  scoring  proficient  or  advanced  on  the  California   Standards  Test  (CST)  in  language  arts,  mathematics  and  science.  The  three   bars  displayed  on  our  web  site  for  each  school  are  a  weighted  average  of   the  proficiency  for  each  grade  for  all  students  in  those  three  subject  areas.     Q.  What  goes  into  the  “Improvement”  measure?   A.  The  “Improvement”  section  of  the  Honor  Roll  criteria  examines  the   improvement  in  the  mean  scale  score  of  the  California  Standards  Test   (CST)  over  the  last  four  years.  The  improvement  scores  were  percentile-­‐ ranked  from  1-­‐100  with  the  highest  improving  schools  receiving  a  100.  The   line  graphs  on  our  web  site  for  each  school  show  the  percentage  of   students  scoring  proficient  or  advanced  on  the  California  Standards  Test  



(CST)  in  language  arts,  mathematics  and  science  for  the  last  four  years  to   show  the  improvement  during  that  time.     Q.  What  goes  into  the  “Equity”  measure?   A.  The  “equity”  section  of  the  Honor  Roll  criteria  is  based  on  a  statistical   model  called  a  linear  regression  comparing  the  percentage  of  a  specific   student  population  and  that  population’s  proficiency  rate  at  the  institution.   Those  calculations  were  done  for  any  subgroup  that  is  considered   significant  by  the  CA  Department  of  Education  to  identify  an  expected   proficiency  rate  based  on  the  percentage  of  that  population.  Each  school’s   performance  was  compared  to  this  expectation  resulting  in  a  positive  or   negative  gap  between  their  performance  and  the  expected  performance.  A   weighted  average  of  those  equity  gaps  is  used  to  create  a  single  equity  gap   measure.  The  scatterplot  on  our  web  site  for  each  school  shows  the   proficiency  rate  on  the  vertical  axis  and  the  equity  score  on  the  horizontal   axis.  Honor  Roll  schools  are  typically  in  the  upper  right-­‐hand  quadrant  of   high  proficiency  and  high  equity  scores.     Q.  How  do  we  request  an  Honor  Roll  school  or  district  banner?   A.  Honor  Roll  school  principals  and  district  superintendents  received  an   email  notifying  them  of  the  award.  In  that  email,  a  URL  was  provided   where  your  banner  can  be  requested  by  completing  an  online  form.  After   completing  the  form,  a  confirmation  email  is  sent  immediately.  If  you   cannot  locate  that  notification  email,  email  our  help  desk  at   [email protected].       Q.  How  long  will  it  take  to  get  our  Honor  Roll  banner?   A.  It  typically  takes  2-­‐3  weeks  from  the  time  you  order  until  your  banner   arrives  at  your  school  or  district  office.  If  you  haven’t  received  your  banner   after  4  weeks,  please  to  email  our  help  desk  at  [email protected].       Q.  Would  you  like  a  photo  of  us  with  our  banner?     A.  Yes!  Please  upload  them  here:  http://photos.edresults.org.     Q.  Do  you  have  any  press  materials?   A.  Yes,  press  materials  are  available  for  download  on  the  Honor  Roll  page   at  <  http://ca.edresults.org/HonorRoll/>.  



Q.  How  were  the  STEM  schools  selected?     A.  The  STEM  Honor  Roll  schools  are  selected  from  the  high  poverty  Star   schools.  The  Star  schools  in  the  top  10%  of  performance  for  the  school  in   math  and  science  are  selected  for  the  STEM  Honor  Roll.  Special   consideration  was  given  to  the  type  of  school  to  ensure  balance  (i.e.  High-­‐ school  vs.  Elementary  school).     Q.  How  secure  is  my  student’s  data?   A.  The  Campaign  for  Business  and  Education  Excellence  (CBEE)  Honor  Roll   selection  is  done  using  publicly  available  summary  data  available  from  the   California  Department  of  Education  (CDE).  We  do  not  use  any  personal   student  data  for  this  analysis,  so  your  student’s  data  is  safe.     Q.  What  does  “Higher-­‐poverty”  mean?   A.  We  designate  “Higher-­‐poverty”  schools  as  those  with  at  least  one-­‐third   of  their  student  population  being  identified  as  socioeconomically   disadvantaged.  Students  are  considered  socioeconomically  disadvantaged   if  they  are  eligible  for  the  National  School  Lunch  Program  or  if  neither  of   their  parents  received  a  high-­‐school  diploma.     Q.  What  is  the  Honor  Roll  designation  good  for?   A.  The  Campaign  for  Business  and  Education  Excellence  (CBEE)  Honor  Roll   are  among  the  highest  performing  schools  in  our  state.  They  are   recognized  for  their  efforts  to  raise  student  achievement  for  all  students   and  close  achievement  gaps.  Receiving  this  award  acknowledges  the  hard   work  done  by  staff  and  students  of  the  school.  We  encourage  Honor  Roll   schools  to  display  their  banners  proudly  so  that  all  visiting  their  school   know  of  their  success  in  preparing  students  for  college  and  the  world  of   work.     Q.  How  can  I  use  this  data  to  promote  school  improvement  in  my   district?   A.  District  administrators  should  utilize  their  honor  roll  schools  as  models   of  high  performance  in  their  district.  The  administrators  and  staff  members   of  those  schools  are  utilizing  effective  practices  that  should  be  identified,   shared  and  replicated  by  other  schools  in  your  district.    



We  encourage  educators  from  non-­‐Honor  Roll  schools  to  find  Honor  Roll   schools  with  similar  demographics  and  bring  a  school  team  to  visit  them  to   discuss  what  they  are  doing  that  is  having  such  positive  impacts  on  student   success.  Much  like  teaching  hospitals  for  doctors,  the  Honor  Roll  schools   can  show  their  colleagues  at  other  schools  how  to  provide  a  better   education  for  their  students.