Accountability Appeals 2012-13

Memo to school districts on accountability appeals from July 9, 2013

Blount County Schools

Appeal Reason

  1. Students testing on MAAS that should not have been reassigned to Basic
  2. Students improperly coded as English Language Learners
  3. Students that took AP English Literature and Composition should be included data used to establish baseline and make status determination.

Decision and Rationale

  1. Granted, per department policy that districts that had not exceeded the MAAS cap in 2011-12 had discretion on MAAS testing in 2012-13.
  2. Granted, per department communication that EdTools did not properly highlight ELL students.
  3. Denied, per state board of education policy, students enrolled in AP Courses cannot take the English III End of Course test. The department would consider a safe harbor including students in advanced courses, but did not have formal approval of this methodology from the US Department of Education and cannot allow a safe harbor at this time. The department will consider applying for a safe harbor on AP English students for 2013-14.

Bradford Special School District

Appeal Reason

No students coded as Economically Disadvantaged in accountability data.

Decision and Rationale

Granted, a systematic data error in translation between STAR Student, EIS and EdTools resulted in no students coded as Economically Disadvantaged.

Coffee County Schools

Appeal Reason

Students that took AP English Literature and Composition should be included data used to establish baseline and make status determination.

Decision and Rationale

Denied, per state board of education policy, students enrolled in AP Courses cannot take the English III End of Course test. The department would consider a safe harbor including students in advanced courses, but did not have formal approval of this methodology from the US Department of Education and cannot allow a safe harbor at this time. The department will consider applying for a safe harbor on AP English students for 2013-14.

Franklin County Schools

Appeal Reason

Student coded as Special Education should not have been coded as such.

Decision and Rationale

Denied, error should have been corrected during the Student Demographic Data Verification process.

Franklin Special School District

Appeal Reason

  1. Students testing on MAAS that should not have been reassigned to Basic
  2. Student race not coded properly

Decision and Rationale

  1. Granted, per department policy that districts that had not exceeded the MAAS cap in 2011-12 had discretion on MAAS testing in 2012-13.
  2. Denied, error should have been corrected during the Student Demographic Data Verification process.

Lincoln County

Appeal Reason

Students coded as both functionally delayed and special education. Students should be functionally delayed.

Decision and Rationale

Denied, no systematic error in EdTools identified to cause this issue. Accountability coding rules indicate that if a student is identified as both functionally delayed and special education, the student will be counted as functionally delayed.

Memphis City Schools

Appeal Reason

  1. Students that took AP English Literature and Composition should be included data used to establish baseline and make status determination.
  2. Students improperly coded as English Language Learners

Decision and Rationale

  1. Denied, per state board of education policy, students enrolled in AP Courses cannot take the English III End of Course test. The department would consider a safe harbor including students in advanced courses, but did not have formal approval of this methodology from the US Department of Education and cannot allow a safe harbor at this time. The department will consider applying for a safe harbor on AP English students for 2013-14.
  2. Granted, per department communication that EdTools did not properly highlight ELL students.

Metro Nashville Public Schools (Davidson County)

Appeal Reason

  1. Students improperly coded as English Language Learners.
  2. Students improperly coded as Native American.
  3. Native American student coding error corrections not possible during Student Demographic Data Verification process due to EdTools coding error for English Language Learner students.

Decision and Rationale

  1. Granted, per department communication that EdTools did not properly highlight ELL students.
  2. Denied, error should have been corrected during the Student Demographic Data Verification process.
  3. Granted, per department communication that errors due to ELL coding in EdTools would be permitted and subsequent determination that the EdTools error caused a shift in data quality resources as identified by school district.

Putnam County Schools

Appeal Reason

  1. Student score credited to wrong school because of distance learning course.
  2. Students taking Portfolio assessment had scores reassigned to Basic despite state waiver of one percent limitation on Portfolio students scored as Proficient or Advanced.

Decision and Rationale

  1. Denied, error should have been corrected during the Student Demographic Data Verification process
  2. Denied, in accordance with federal regulation, the state must not exceed one percent of students testing on Portfolio scoring as Proficient or Advanced. In 2013, the state exceeded one percent of students scoring Proficient or Advanced on Portfolio and therefore was required to reassign students to Basic.

South Carroll Special School District

Appeal Reason

Student grade level incorrect. Grade level blank on testing documents for End of Course test and was therefore coded as grades 3-8.

Decision and Rationale

Denied for accountability purposes, allowed for AMO baseline corrections.

Robertson County Schools

Appeal Reason

Student grade level incorrect. Grade level blank on testing documents for End of Course test and was therefore coded as grades 3-8.

Decision and Rationale

Denied for accountability purposes, allowed for AMO baseline corrections.

Van Buren County Schools

Appeal Reason

Students that took Dual Credit English should be included data used to establish baseline and make status determination for English III.

Decision and Rationale

Denied, per state board of education policy, students enrolled in Dual Credit Courses cannot take the English III End of Course test. The department would consider a safe harbor including students in advanced courses, but did not have formal approval of this methodology from the US Department of Education and cannot allow a safe harbor at this time. The department will consider applying for a safe harbor on AP English students for 2013-14.

Wilson County Schools

Appeal Reason

Students that took AP English Literature and Composition should be included data used to establish baseline and make status determination.

Decision and Rationale

Denied, per state board of education policy, students enrolled in AP Courses cannot take the English III End of Course test. The department would consider a safe harbor including students in advanced courses, but did not have formal approval of this methodology from the US Department of Education and cannot allow a safe harbor at this time. The department will consider applying for a safe harbor on AP English students for 2013-14.

Williamson County Schools

Appeal Reason

  1. Students testing on MAAS that should not have been reassigned to Basic
  2. Student scores coded as refusal incorrect.

Decision and Rationale

  1. Granted, per department policy that districts that had not exceeded the MAAS cap in 2011-12 had discretion on MAAS testing in 2012-13.
  2. Denied, refusal Report of Irregularity created by school district.
Last Update: July 21, 2014