Labels and Codes Used in the Report Cards

This document explains the terminology, labels, codes, and data values that appear in the Mississippi Report Card for 2001-2002. The content and format of the report card complies with the requirements set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

School Improvement is a term used in reference to schools that were identified as having failed to make adequate yearly progress on student achievement for two years (2000-2001 and 2001-2002). The concepts of adequate yearly progress and school improvement are described in detail in the NCLB legislation.

NCLB requires the reports cards to contain information on the qualifications of teachers in each school, each district, and the state. The calculations are based on classroom teachers who teach any of the "core academic subjects" identified in NCLB -- English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. An NCLB core academic subject teacher was considered to be highly qualified if he/she held full current (unexpired) state certification during the 2001-2002 school year. NCLB core subject teachers who held only emergency certification were not considered to be highly qualified. All calculations were based on the official public school personnel snapshot (MSIS database extract from 2001-2002). A teacher was identified as an NCLB core subject teacher if any of the course codes on the teacher's schedule fell in a core academic subject area.

The following codes are used to identify information about the tests that are part of the assessment system.

(1) The Test
      MCT=Mississippi Curriculum Test (for grades 2-8)
      WRIT=Writing Assessment (for grades 4 and 7)
      SATP=Subject Area Testing Program (for certain courses--see below)
      FLE=Functional Literacy Examination (first administration occurs in grade 11)
      NRT=Norm-Referenced Assessment--the TerraNova Survey (for grades 5 and 8)
      ALT=Alternate Assessment (for certain students with disabilities)

(2) The Subject Area, Course, or Section of the Test
      ALG1=Algebra I
      BIOL=Biology I
      ENGL=English II
      HIST=U.S. History from 1877
      WRIT=Written Communication
      COMP=Composite (across subjects/sections)
      PASS=Percentage of students passing the test

(3) The Grade (or other information)
      GR2=Grade 2 (same format used for grades 3-8)
      RLC=Reading & Language Conventions component of the English II test
      NAR=Narrative essay on the English II test
      INF=Informative essay on the English II test
      ALL=Data for all students taking Alternate Assessments
      L12=Instructional Level Testing at Level 12 (L13=Level 13,etc.)

The test data values represent different kinds of measures for different tests. The following data formats are used in the Mississippi Report Card.

      MCT: BB/PP where BB=% Basic & Above, PP=% Proficient & Above
      WRIT: BB/PP where BB=% Scoring 2 & Above, PP=% Scoring 3 & Above
      ALT: BB/PP where BB=% Approaching Proficiency & Above, PP=% Proficient
      Note: For MCT, WRIT, & ALT, ** means 100%
      SATP (most): XXX.X = Mean Scale Score (300 is a passing score)
      ENGL NAR & INF: X.X = Mean Writing Assessment Raw Score (on a scale of 0-4)
      NRT: XX.X = Mean NCE Score
      For all tests:
            "-" means that the student N-Count was 0.
            "<" means that the student N-Count was between 1 and 9.
            The column is left blank for data that could not be disaggregated.

Special note concerning the MCT: There are four proficiency levels on the MCT. They are (from lowest to highest) Minimal, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The reporting format used in the Mississippi Report Card allows the maximum amount of information to be reported in the smallest possible space and is consistent with the way most states are now reporting assessment results. This format is compliant with federal Title 1 regulations and is similar to the format used for reporting NAEP results.

The percentage of students "Basic & Above" includes all students scoring in the Basic, Proficient, and Advanced proficiency levels. The percentage of students "Proficient and Above" includes all students scoring in the Proficient and Advanced proficiency levels. The percentage of students in the lowest proficiency level (Minimal) can be determined by subtracting the percentage "Basic and Above" from 100%. The percentage of students in the highest proficiency level (Advanced) cannot be determined from the reported data.

Disaggregation of Subgroups

To the extent possible, the 2001-2002 test results reported in the Mississippi Report Card are disaggregated by subgroup as required by federal law. The codes used to label the subgroups are listed below followed by additional information about test data disaggregation.

      ALL=All students in the state, the district, or the school
      NDO=Non-Disabled Students Only
      DO=Only Students with Disabilities
      NAM=Native American
      OTH=Other Ethnicity (this category does not apply to all tests)
      ELL=English Language Learner (denotes limited English proficiency)
      ED=Economically Disadvantaged
      NED=Not Economically Disadvantaged

The determination of a student's classification in the above subgroups was made on the basis of information gridded on the student's test answer document(s) or from the student's "end of month 7" demographic information in MSIS. The groupings formed using the MSIS demographic codes represent students whose MSIS ID on the test data records could be accurately matched to the MSIS database. The approximate statewide match rates for the various testing programs ranged from 75% to over 90%, but the match rate for individual districts and schools may have been higher or lower.

The accuracy of the test results could have been affected by the match rate for a school, a district, or the state.

The coding used for identifying students in the economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged groups is the individual student free lunch eligibility flag. These data were not available when the report cards were produced in September 2002. Student assessment data reported separately (disaggregated) for economically disadvantaged students and non-economically disadvantaged students was added to the report cards on this site on December 17, 2002. For schools and districts where it was not possible to obtain accurate free lunch participation data for individual students, the columns for those subgroups are blank.

Student Participation in Statewide Assessment

The student's MSIS grade and age were used to determine whether the student should have been assessed during 2001-2002. Any student actually enrolled in grades 2-8 were considered "eligible" for testing. For students with disabilities who were not actually enrolled in a grade, the student was considered eligible for testing if the student's age fell in the age range for students who are enrolled in grades 2-8. All students who took an MCT at grade level, an MCT at instructional level, or an alternate assessment were counted as tested.