School Accountability Report Card

SARC

Plumas Charter SARC (School Accountability Report Card)

The SARC (linked below) is largely centered upon the results of California standardized tests (STAR). Please be aware that these statistics are not valid as a measure of the effectiveness of the PCS program. The two main factors reducing the reliability of Plumas Charter’s STAR results are our very high student mobility rate and the small size of each grade-level class.
On the California Department of Education (CDE) website,where API scores are released, the following text is posted: “* means this API is calculated for a small school, defined as having between 11and 99 valid Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program test scores included in the API. The API is asterisked if the school was small… APIs based on small numbers of students are less reliable and therefore should be carefully interpreted.”
Our current API score is accompanied by an asterisk (*)on the state reports, because it is based on 68 scores. This acknowledgement by the CDE itself that, for small schools such as PCS,the API is not a reliable indicator of school success, is further confirmation of our assertion that the effectiveness of our program cannot be determined by our API but rather must be based on a combination of more appropriate measures, which we describe below.
The PCS student population has a very high mobility level, which means that every year a large percentage of our students are new to us. This means that we are not testing the same group of students from year to year, which renders year-to-year comparisons of student performance as an aggregate (as happens with the API) relatively useless for assessing the effectiveness of the school. In an attempt to develop a more reliable measure of our effectiveness, PCS has adopted the Scantron assessment program. Scantron assessments are administered individually, at the beginning of each school year (or upon enrollment)and again at the end of the school year, providing us a measure of the amount of growth achieved by each student. We are in the third year of Scantron use. The first two years were an introductory period, during which we worked with teachers to familiarize them with the testing process and the use of results in guiding curriculum and instruction as well as in documentation of student progress. From 2010-2011 forward, we will be able to produce test results that produce a clear and useful picture of student progress.

2015-16 SARC