A-F Accountability

Posted: Tue, 11/22/2011 - 4:27pm Updated: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:32am

Beginning with the 2010-11 academic year, the State Board of Education changed the labels for school categories based on student performance from the terms Exemplary, Commendable, Academic Progress, Academic Watch and Academic Probation to easy-to-understand letter grades (A, B, C, D and F).

The new A-F labels improve transparency by allowing parents and community members to better recognize how well Indiana schools are performing and leading students to achieve positive academic outcomes.

Starting with the 2011-12 academic year, the State Board of Education adopted the use of a new methodology for determining a school or corporation's grade, A-F.

Indiana's new A-F model holds schools and corporations to higher standards and provides a more accurate picture of their performance by incorporating student academic growth and graduation rates, as well as college and career readiness, as measures of success.

2013 A-F Results

2013-2014 A-F Workbooks

Additional A-F Documentation

Public Law 221 Appeals

On September 12, 2014, the Indiana Department of Education (Department) released preliminary school performance and improvement category placements for the 2013-14 school year to Indiana schools on behalf of the Indiana State Board of Education (Board). Pursuant to Ind. Code § 20-31-8-6 and 511 IAC 6.2-6-12, a school may appeal its preliminary category placement if the school believes that the annual assessment data used to calculate the categories does not provide an accurate picture of the school’s improvement and performance.

If, after reviewing the school’s category placement, the school wishes to appeal the determination then the school must complete the “Appeals Request” form. This form may be found at the website linked below. Appeals requests will be accepted beginning on September 12, 2014 and must be received no later than 11:59:59 pm (EDT) on September 28, 2014.  Please note appeals will now be submitted electronically through the DOE Online application. Appeals may be submitted online at https://dc.doe.in.gov/Accountability/.  The submitting user must have the Corporation Administrator role (for traditional and charter public schools) or School Administrator role (for non-public schools) to complete the electronic submission. Additional information concerning roles, including how to request specific roles, can be found on the DOE Online Help site: http://pod.doe.in.gov/groups/doeonlinehelp/wiki/28efb/DOEOnline_Roles.html.

The Department encourages all school administrators to visit its accountability webpage at http://www.doe.in.gov/accountability to learn more information about school accountability; formulas and methodology used to determine a school’s performance and improvement category; and the appeals process. Any questions about the appeals process should be directed to your Outreach Coordinator.

Public Law 221

Public Law 221 (P.L. 221) is the state law by which Indiana's accountability model is authorized. Beginning with the 2011-12 school year, Indiana replaced the existing P.L. 221 metrics with the new A-F accountability model in order to determine a school or school corporation's P.L. 221 status. Please click HERE for past P.L. 221 results or more information on P.L. 221.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact schoolaccountability@doe.in.gov.