In order to determine a summative designation, ESSA requires that schools are held accountable for two categories of indicators: academic indicators and student success/school quality indicators.
- Academic indicators include such things as scores on standardized tests in Language Arts, Math, and Science; English Learner proficiency on the ACCESS test; graduation rate at high school; and academic growth at the elementary school.
- Student success/school quality indicators include college and career readiness at high school, student voice via a climate survey, access to/participation in the fine arts.
Each of these categories must receive a weight in order to calculate a summative designation. Currently, Illinois uses the following summative designations to identify school quality: Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming, and Lowest Performing.
- Exemplary School: A school that has no underperforming subgroups, a graduation rate of greater than 67 percent, and whose performance is in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.
- Commendable School: A school that has no underperforming subgroups, a graduation rate greater than 67 percent, and whose performance is not in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.
- Underperforming School: A school in which one or more subgroups is performing at or below the level of the "all students" group in the lowest 5 percent of Title I schools.
- Lowest Performing School: A school that is in the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools in Illinois and those high schools that have a graduation rate of 67 percent or less.
Also, the academic indicators must receive more weight than the student success/school quality indicators.
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