Nevada SchoolPerformance Framework

The NSPF Glossary of Terms


% ACT/SAT
Participation
This is the percent of students who participated on either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
% AP
Proficient/College Credit
This is the percent of students who earned a passing score on an Advanced Placement exam or have earned one college credit.
% Credit Deficient This is the percent of 9th grade students who completed the 9th grade having earned less than five credits.
% of IEP, ELL and FRL
Students Meeting AGP
Adequate Growth Percentile (AGP) describes the amount of growth needed to remain or become proficient on the State assessment in three years. This measure is the percent of students who met their AGP target and who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL). Note - nd means the value is not determined due to insufficient size.
% of Students Earning an
Advanced Diploma
This is a measure of a high school's percentage of students who earn an advanced diploma.
% of Students in NSHE
institutions Requiring
Remediation
This is the percent of students who are required to enroll in remedial courses in Nevada colleges and universities after graduating from a Nevada high school.
1-Star Performance Plan A 1-Star School is a school that has room for substantial improvement in whole school proficiency and growth. The required engagement of district leadership will support the school in improvement planning and implementation of specified and effective practices.

Identified 1-Star Schools are among the lowest-achieving schools in Nevada based upon whole school proficiency and growth over a number of years. The engagement of district leadership is required to support the school in focused school improvement planning and frequent monitoring of the school’s implementation of its focused performance plan. The impact to staff can include personnel changes among teaching faculty and/or leadership, and will include collaboration between districts and local educational associations to negotiate collective bargaining agreements. The school has prescribed scheduling and use of core instructional materials.

The 1-Star School Performance Plan requires intense district and state involvement and oversight. The plan must incorporate specified effective strategies and interventions based on identified academic achievement need including growth of individual students and subgroups. In collaboration with the District, the Nevada Department of Education will provide differentiated support to the school to implement and ensure the success of the plan. The plan must be developed utilizing the statewide Student Achievement Gap Elimination (SAGE) planning process.
2-Star Performance Plan A 2-Star School is a school that has room for improvement in whole school proficiency and growth. The required engagement of district leadership will support the school in improvement planning and implementation of specified and effective practices.

The 2-star School Performance Plan includes participation in the statewide Student Achievement Gap Elimination (SAGE) planning process. SAGE will examine data generated through the Nevada Comprehensive Curriculum Audit Tool for Schools (NCCAT-S). The 2-Star school will experience heightened district oversight and input. A 2-Star School Improvement Plan is targeted at meeting the needs of all students and closing the achievement gap among subgroups. With support from the Nevada Department of Education and the school district, the plan will build the capacity of school and district educational leaders.
3-Star Performance Plan A 3-Star School has some areas of success as well as some areas that need improvement relative to student proficiency and/or student growth on the State assessments. The school has negotiated flexibility with the school district in decision-making and, when appropriate, is acknowledged for its successes with public recognition.

The 3-Star School Performance Plan is created through participation in the statewide Student Achievement Gap Elimination (SAGE) planning process. The 3-Star School Performance Plan will examine data generated through the Nevada Comprehensive Curriculum Audit Tool for Schools (NCCAT-S). The NCCAT-S identifies effective strategies and provides feedback to plan and implement interventions that address the needs of the school.
4-Star Performance Plan A 4-Star School is among the higher performing schools in Nevada in student proficiency and/or student growth on the State assessments. The school is acknowledged for its achievement with public recognition and has some autonomy and/or flexibility in school planning and decision-making.

The 4-Star School Performance Plan is developed with school district review and input. The 4-star school will utilize a combination of site-based decision-making and school district review on the proposed use of instructional materials and school improvement planning.
5-Star Performance Plan A 5-Star School is among the highest performing schools in Nevada in student proficiency and/or student growth on the State assessments. The school is acknowledged for its achievement with public recognition and has autonomy in school planning and decision-making.

Identified 5-Star Schools are among the highest performing schools in Nevada in student proficiency and/or student growth on the State assessments. The school is recognized for its achievement with public recognition, effective school staff have potential opportunities for financial incentives and/or pay for performance, and, under the Managed Performance Framework, the school is granted autonomy in school improvement planning and flexibility in decision making on budgeting, use of allocations, and in implementation of core instruction.

The 5-Star School Performance Plan continues to scale up the successful practices currently in place. The school will make site-based decisions on the use of instructional materials and will exercise flexibility in resource allocation. The 5-star school will have increased autonomy in school improvement planning.
10th Grade % Proficient This is a status measure of the percent of students who meet or exceed standards on the State assessments on their first administration. Separate calculations are made for Reading/ELA and Math.
11th Grade % Proficient This is a status measure of the cumulative percent of students who meet or exceed standards on the State assessments by the end of their 11th grade year. Separate calculations are made for Reading/ELA and Math.
11th Grade IEP, ELL, FRL
Proficiency Gap
High school achievement gaps are calculated as the difference between the subgroup proficiency rate and the statewide proficiency rate for the "all students" group. Subgroups are identified as students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL). Since this value is computed as a difference, negative numbers are possible. When this measure is reported as zero it means there is no difference between the proficiency of the subgroup and the statewide proficiency rate.
3-year Averaging Some schools in Nevada do not have a large enough student population to be reliably rated, but are otherwise traditional public schools. Three years of student achievement data are combined in order to use the NSPF to rate this group of small schools. The method of combining data is pooled averaging which results in a weighted average where the weight is proportional to the number of students in each of the three years of data. This method accounts for the year-to-year fluctuations in n-size for these small schools. The NSPF report for these schools indicates that a three year average was used.

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Adjusted Index Score Some schools in Nevada do not have enough students to reliably compute all of the performance measures in the Nevada School Performance Framework. These schools' ratings will be determined using an adjusted index score. The adjusted index score is a percentage of points. The percent is determined by points earned out of points eligible.
AGP Adequate Growth Percentile (AGP) describes the amount of growth needed to remain or become proficient on the State assessments in three years. The percent of students who meet or exceed their individual AGP is the percent of students who met their Growth target.
Assessment Participation Schools do not earn additional framework points for Test Participation, but in order for a school to be classified as a 2, 3, 4 or 5 star school, the school must meet the 95% participation rate threshold or have an average of 95% participation or better from the two or three most recent years of testing.
AMO Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) is the state determined target or criteria against which school performance is compared. These targets are determined for proficiency on the State assessments and for high school graduation.
Average Daily Attendance
(ADA)
This is the average percentage of student attendance for the school year.
College and Career
Readiness
This indicator represents a combination of multiple measures of College and Career Readiness. It includes the percent of students requiring remediation in Nevada colleges and universities, the percent of students earning advanced diplomas, the percent of students passing Advanced Placement exams and the percent of students participating in the ACT or the SAT.
ELL English Language Learners (ELL) are students who have limited proficiency with the English language as measured by language assessment tools. For the purposes of the Nevada School Performance Framework, only students who were ELL at the time of testing factor into the ELL calculations.
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Focus School (ES/MS) A Focus School at the elementary or middle school-level is a Title I school that has room for substantial improvement in the area of student achievement with specific sub-group populations, such as, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and/or low-income students.

Identified elementary or middle school-level Focus Schools are among the lowest performing schools statewide based on the NSPF index points for the “Subgroup” calculations for Adequate Growth Percentiles (AGP) in reading and mathematics in the current year. These analyses include the NSPF points earned in the subgroup (or supergroup, as applicable) analyses for the percentage of students who meet their AGP targets, which are derived from the use of multiple years of assessment data.

A Focus School Improvement Plan concentrates on achievement gaps specific to the IEP, LEP and FRL subgroups that have challenged the school. Plans examine data and require effective strategies that will address these gaps. The Focus School’s educators, together with the school’s educational community and with extensive district support, implement the plan’s identified effective practices to narrow the achievement gap and to increase the achievement of all students.
Focus School (HS) A Focus School at the high school-level is a Title I school that has room for substantial improvement in proficiency and graduation rates, with specific focus on students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and/or low-income students sub-group populations.

Identified high school-level Focus Schools must be among the lowest performing high schools based on the NSPF index points for the “Subgroup” calculations for graduation and proficiency in reading and mathematics. At high school, these analyses include the NSPF points earned in the subgroup (or supergroup, as applicable) analyses for the 11th grade cumulative percentage of proficient students and graduation rate gap analyses over a three-year period.

A Focus School Improvement Plan concentrates on achievement gaps specific to the IEP, LEP and FRL subgroups that have challenged the school. Plans examine data and require effective strategies that will address these gaps. The Focus School’s educators, together with the school’s educational community and with extensive district support, implement the plan’s identified effective practices to narrow the achievement gap and to increase the achievement of all students.
FRL Students who receive Free or Reduced- Price Lunch (FRL) are students from households that qualify by income to receive free or reduced-price lunch at their school
Gap (ES/MS) Achievement Gaps for elementary and middle schools are calculated for subgroups of students and are measured in Adequate Growth Percentiles (AGP). Gaps for these subgroups are reported as the percent of students who meet their AGP targets. AGP measures the amount of growth needed to become proficient on the State test within three years. Subgroups in Nevada are identified as students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL).
Gap (HS) Achievement Gaps for high school is calculated as a difference between the subgroup proficiency rate and the average statewide performance for the "all students" group. Values near zero indicate no difference in score from the "all students" group and the subgroup of interest. Subgroups in Nevada are identified as students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL).
Graduation Measures High school graduation is a combined measure of the school's graduation rate and a subgroup graduation gap analysis. Graduation gaps are defined as the difference between each subgroup's graduation rate and the statewide graduation rate. Subgroups are identified as students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL).
Graduation Rate The method used to calculate the Graduation Rate in Nevada is called the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR). The ACGR is essentially the rate at which 9th graders graduate by the end of the 12th grade.
Graduation Rate Gap for
IEP, ELL and FRL Students
Graduation gaps are defined as the difference between each subgroup's graduation rate and the statewide graduation rate. Subgroups are identified as students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL). When this measure is reported as zero, this means there is no difference between the graduation rate of the subgroup and the statewide graduation rate.
Growth Measure of
Achievement
Student Growth is a measure of performance on the State assessments over time. Students who perform similarly on the first administration of the test are compared to each other after the second. Each student's relative performance to each other is measured as a percentile. This value is called the Student Growth Percentile or SGP. Separate SGP determinations are made for Reading/ELA and Math.
IEP Students on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) are those students who are receiving special education services. For the purposes of the Nevada School Performance Framework, only students who were on an IEP at the time of testing factor into the IEP calculations.
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MGP Median Growth Percentile (MGP) is a summary of Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) for a school or group. SGP is a measure of student achievement over time that compares the achievement of similar groups of students from one test administration to the next. In this way, SGP is a measure of relative student achievement.
N Count This is the number of students who contributed to the calculation for the associated indicator. Where there are less than ten students the report will display **.
Nevada School Performance
Framework Trend
The Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) Trend displays the amount of index points the school earns across each component of the NSPF and the total index points earned over time.
Not Rated Schools that did not submit or do not have a sufficient number of student records in one or more category of the school index score earn a designation of "Not Rated" and will not have a star rating. For Not Rated schools, where there are a sufficient number of student records for some indicators, the results are reported.
NSPF Computed Index
Scores
The Nevada School Performance Framework or NSPF produces an index score based on 100 points for each of Nevada's public schools. The basis was determined using the performance of Nevada schools from the 2010-2011 school year. These thresholds determine leveled criteria that are rooted in the relative performance of Nevada schools. All of the indicators in the NSFP are measured against established criteria which define 5 levels. The maximum points possible for each indicator are determined by schools that perform at the 95th percentile of schools in that index. In this way, the NSPF sets high but attainable goals for all of Nevada's schools.
Other Indicator (ES/MS) Currently, the Other Indicator is a measure of the student Average Daily Attendance or ADA for a school.
Other Indicators (HS) Currently, Other Indicators is a measure of the Average Daily Attendance or ADA for a school and the percent of 9th grade students who have earned at least five credits.
Overall % of Students
Meeting Adequate Growth
Percentile (AGP)
Adequate Growth Percentile (AGP) describes the amount of Growth needed to remain or become proficient on the State assessments in three years. The percent of students who meet or exceed their individual AGP is the percent of students who met their Growth target.
Overall % of Students
Meeting Proficiency
Expectations
This is the percent of students at the school who passed the state assessments.
Overall Graduation Rate The Graduation Rate in Nevada is called the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR). The ACGR is essentially the rate at which 9th graders graduate by the end of the 12th grade. Note - nd means the value is not determined due to insufficient size.
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Percent A percent is a number that represents the part of the whole. A student who gets 8 out of 10 questions correct earns an 80%.
Percent Met Some of the indicators in the Nevada School Performance Framework are measured against student achievement targets. Measures reported as Percent Met is the percent of students who met those achievement targets.
Percentile A percentile can be thought of as a partition that marks where all the values in a data set are below this number. Each set of data has 99 percentiles. If a student earns a score in the 78th percentile it means that 78% of the students scored lower.
Priority School A Priority School is a Title I-served school that has room for substantial improvement in whole school proficiency and growth. Intensive district and community assistance will provide this school with support necessary for improvement.

Identified Priority Schools are among the lowest-achieving Title I-served schools based upon whole school proficiency and growth over a number of years. A district with a Priority School must implement one of the four SIG intervention models (restart, closure, turnaround, or transformation) if the district receives Title I 1003(g) funds or implement a reform model aligned with the turnaround principles if it does not receive Title I 1003(g) funds.

A Priority School Improvement Plan implementation requires heightened district and state involvement. This plan must incorporate prescribed strategies and interventions in order to ensure effective impact on the programs, practices, and/or strategies for improvement. The school's educators, community and district staff work together extensively to implement this comprehensive plan and to affect change.
Proficiency Proficiency is a measure of the percent of students who earned a passing score on the State assessments.
Reduction in Achievement
Gap (ES/MS)
Student achievement targets to meet proficiency on the State assessments within three years are determined for each elementary and middle school student. These targets are called Adequate Growth Percentiles or AGP. Reduction in Achievement Gap is based on the percent of IEP, ELL or FRL students who meet their AGP targets. Separate calculations are made for Reading/ELA and Math. Subgroups are identified as students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL).
Reductions in Achievement
Gap (HS)
High school achievement gaps are calculated as the difference between the subgroup proficiency rate and the statewide proficiency rate for the "all students" group. Subgroups are identified as students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL). Since this value is computed as a difference, negative numbers are possible. When this measure is reported as zero it means there is no difference between the proficiency of the subgroup and the statewide proficiency rate.
Reward School - Exemplary
(ES/MS)
Reward schools are among the highest performing schools in Nevada in student proficiency and/or student growth on the State assessments. This school is recognized for being among the top 5% of schools in both high student achievement on the State assessments during the previous year and high student growth on the State assessments over multiple years.

An Exemplary Reward School Performance Plan reflects the school's "Exemplary" status. The school's plan builds upon current successful practices in order to continue increases in achievement and to expand outcomes.
Reward School - Exemplary
(HS)
Exemplary high schools are among the highest performing schools in Nevada in student proficiency, and student growth on the State assessments as well as among the highest in graduation rate. This school is recognized for being among the top 5% of schools in all of these categories.

An Exemplary Reward School Performance Plan reflects the school's "Exemplary" status. The school's plan builds upon current successful practices in order to continue increases in achievement and to expand outcomes. This school is recognized for being among the top 5% of schools in high student achievement on the State assessments during the previous year, high student Growth on the State assessments over multiple years and high Graduation Rates.
Reward School - High
Performing
Reward schools are among the highest performing schools in Nevada in student proficiency and/or student growth on the State assessments. This school is recognized for being among the top 5% of schools in student achievement on the State assessments during the previous year.

A High Performing Reward School Performance Plan reflects the school's "High Performing" status. The school's plan builds upon its current successful practices in order to continue increases in achievement and to expand outcomes.A High Progress Reward School Performance Plan reflects the school's "High Progress" status. The school's plan builds upon current successful practices in order to continue increases in achievement and to expand outcomes.
Reward School - High
Performing Graduation
A High Performing Graduation Reward School Performance Plan reflects the high school’s excellent Graduation Rate. The school’s plan builds upon its current successful practices in order to maintain or improve their high Graduation Rate. This school is recognized for having a Graduation Rate that is among the top 5% of high schools in Nevada.
Reward School - High
Progress
Reward schools are among the highest performing schools in Nevada in student proficiency and/or student growth on the State assessments. This school is recognized for being among the top 5% of schools in student growth on the State assessments over multiple years.

A High Progress Reward School Performance Plan reflects the school's "High Progress" status. The school's plan builds upon current successful practices in order to continue increases in achievement and to expand outcomes.
School Median Growth
Percentile (MGP)
Median Growth Percentile (MGP) is a summary of Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) for a school or group. SGP is a measure of student achievement over time that compares the achievement of similar groups of students from one Assessment administration to the next. In this way, SGP is a measure of relative student achievement.
School Performance Plan Under Nevada's school accountability system, every public school will earn a star rating out of five stars. This rating is called a classification. Some of Nevada's schools will qualify for a Reward, Focus or Priority designation. Each of the school's classifications and designations is associated with a different set of rewards and consequences. These rewards and consequences make up the School Performance Plan for each school.
SGP The school Median Growth Percentile is a summary of Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) for a school or subgroup. SGP is a measure of student achievement over time that compares the achievement of similar groups of students from one assessment administration to the next. In this way, SGP is a measure of relative student achievement. Separate calculations are made for Reading/ELA and Math.
Smarter Balanced Field Test Nevada is a governing state in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. This consortium has been developing the next generation of state assessments which are aligned to Nevada’s more rigorous standards in English language arts and mathematics.

All 25 governing Smarter Balanced states participated in a field test. The purpose was twofold: 1) to inform states and districts about the capacity for on-line testing; and 2) to help determine the validity of the items that will be live on the 2014-15 Smarter Balanced assessments. Because these were field test items and not used to demonstrate student proficiency, no reports or results were released to the State on the field test. As such, the students who participated in the field test did not participate in one of the two state assessments. This results in a difference between the number of students who tested in ELA and mathematics on the performance page of the school reports for the field test sites.

The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) was asked to compile a representative list of schools for the field test based on the Smarter Balanced requirements and ensured that all district had the opportunity to participate in the field test. Additionally, NDE prepared the sample to allow for school accountability to continue as designed under the Nevada School Performance Framework.
Star Rating Nevada schools earn an index score based on the Nevada School Performance Framework criteria. The range of index scores out of 100 is divided into five score bands. The score bands are associated with star rating where five stars is the highest designation.
State Proficiency Rate In the Nevada School Performance Framework report State proficiency rate refers to the average percentile or percent earned for all schools within that grade level. These values are specific to elementary, middle and high schools on the school reports.
Status Measure of
Achievement
Status is a measure of student performance based on a single administration of the State assessment. Cut scores are set that determine the achievement level needed to be proficient on the assessments. Status Measures of Achievement are determined by calculating the percent of students in the school who met or exceeded standards on the State assessments. School-level calculations are made for Reading/ELA and Math.
Status/Growth Measure of
Achievement
The Status/Growth Measure is a combination of status and growth performance measures. The measure includes the percent of students who were proficient on the State assessments as 10th graders, the percent of 11th grade students who were proficient on the assessments by spring of the 11th grade and the Median Growth Percentile or MGP for 10th graders. The School Median Growth Percentile is a summary of Student Growth Percentiles (SGP) for a school. SGP is a measure of student achievement over time that compares the achievement of similar groups of students from one assessment administration to the next. Separate calculations are made for Reading/ELA and Math for each of the three performance indicators.
Subgroup For the purposes of the Nevada School Performance Framework, subgroup refers to students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL).
Subpopulation For the purposes of the Nevada School Performance Framework, subpopulation refers to student groups distinguished by ethnicity and/or subgroup membership. Nevada reports on seven race/ethnicity subpopulations (H = Hispanic, A = Asian, B = Black, I = Native American, P = Pacific Islander, C = Caucasian, M = Multi-race). Subgroup refers to students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL).
Supergroup % This number is calculated when the number of students in any subgroup falls below ten. In those instances, the three subgroups are combined to form one, unduplicated Supergroup of students. Schools who qualify for the Supergroup calculation will have a point value reported and at least one of the subgroup indicators will not be reported. Subgroups in Nevada are identified as students who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are English Language Learners (ELL) or receive Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL). Note - nd means the value is not determined due to insufficient size.
Title I Title I is a section of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act that is aimed at helping low-income students who are at risk of failing in school. The money goes to school districts, which distribute it to individual schools based on their low-income enrollment. Those schools in Nevada who receive these funds are indicated as Title I on the school reports.
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