New SPS Calculations for 2012-13 School Year

When School Performance Scores (SPS) are released this fall (2012 scores), they will be based on the same formula as in the past, except the score for a failing school increases from 65 to 75.

Next year at this time, however, the 2013 School Performance Scores will be calculated very differently. Here are some of the highlights:

Scale: The simplified scale will run between 150 and 0. (Currently it runs from 200 to 0.)

School Grades: An SPS of 100 will equal an A; an SPS of less than 50 will equal an F.

K-8 Schools:

  • LEAP and iLeap – Schools will not receive points for scores below Basic; English and math test scores will be double weighted for all grades.
  • Attendance – Will not be part of the SPS calculation.

High Schools: The changes in calculating the SPS for high schools are more significant.

  • The new scale includes 4 components of equal weight: End of Course (EOC) tests, Graduation Index (revised), Cohort Graduation Rate (new), and ACT tests (new).
  • End of Course Tests – Schools will not receive points for scores of Fair or below.
  • ACT – Schools will not receive points for scores below 18.
  • Graduation Index – Will includes points for AP and IB classes but no longer give points for TOPS and TOPS Tech scholarships, nor for diploma endorsements.

Growth: Schools will no longer have growth targets. Instead, they will be recognized for growth if they grow 10 points (schools B or below) or grow 5 points (A schools).

These are just some of the changes. Educate Now! encourages you to review this DOE overview for more of the details. 


One Comment

  1. Asha
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your information. And i thing this blog is really useful for a school counselor.

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