In April 2013, New York State administered the first round of tests to measure student progress on the Common Core for Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The Department recognizes that following the 2010 adoption of the CCSS by the Board of Regents many districts and BOCES planned for the associated changes to the State assessments. For those districts or BOCES that have not already taken steps to ensure their APPR plans for the 2012-13 school year reflect their district or BOCES goals and expectations for student performance on the new, more rigorous State assessments, the Department is providing the “2012 to 2013 Comparison Chart” for establishing matching targets.
The 2012 to 2013 Comparison Chart may therefore be used in the following scenarios for the 2012-13 school year:
- For those educators without State-provided growth measures whose district or BOCES specified that they will use Grades 3-8 ELA and/or Math State assessments to measure growth for the State Growth or other comparable measures subcomponent.
- For those educators in districts or BOCES whose APPR plan uses locally-selected measures of student achievement that rely on scale scores, year-to-year changes in scores, or "percent of students proficient" on Grades 3-8 ELA and/or Math State assessments.
The Department recommends that districts and BOCES consult with their local counsel as they implement these solutions and as they consider any future material changes to APPR plans.
The following documents are provided for use for impacted districts and BOCES:
- Memorandum from Candace Shyer and Julia Rafal-Baer
This memorandum provides an update to Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz’s March 2013 memo regarding Implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and the associated August 2013 field memo from Commissioner King and provides information on how the transition to Common Core assessments will affect annual professional performance review (APPR) plans submitted by school districts and boards of cooperative education services (BOCES) for the 2012-2013 school year.
- The 2012 to 2013 Comparison Chart
This 2012 to 2013 Comparison Chart provides the scale scores in 2013 that are considered to match (or to be approximately equivalent on a percentile basis) to the scale scores in 2012. The colors in the table correspond to the performance levels for each year, where light blue corresponds to Level 1, dark blue corresponds to Level 2, light green corresponds to Level 3, and dark green corresponds to Level 4 (see Figure 1 below).
- Lookup Table
This table can be used by districts or BOCES to enter the grade, subject and 2012 scale score in the appropriate field and the table will produce the approximate equivalent 2013 scale score.