School Performance Measure
Updated May 2017The School Performance Measure (SPM) reflects City Schools’ values, including the cultivation of a nurturing learning environment for student growth. Collectively, a school’s teachers and school leadership play an instrumental role in affecting school climate, and the measure serves as a component of the 2016-17 teacher and school leader evaluation systems.
SPM reflects a whole school’s year-long performance. Data are lagged, reflecting the previous school year, because data are not yet available for the current school year. In 2016-17 SPM, all schools receive a score in learning environment. High schools receive additional indicators of college and career readiness. No schools receive achievement data as a result of the transition to PARCC.
Normed Indicators: Schools are scored relative to one another
In the past, schools were scored based on how they performed relative to all other schools in their grade band. Teachers and principals provided feedback, recommending that we consider school characteristics when calculating SPM and comparing schools to each other. As a result, in 2016-17, each school is scored relative to their unique group of four nearest neighbor schools. Nearest neighbors are the schools within each school’s grade band with the most similar student characteristics in terms of:
- Percentage of students with direct certification*
- Percentage of students with disabilities
- Percentage of English learners
In addition, selective schools with entrance criteria constitute their own grade band for school comparisons. In circumstances where one school is missing data for a particular indicator, nearest neighbor groups may change slightly.
For details on indicator calculations and other improvements to the 2016-17 SPM, please click here to open our narrated presentation. (Note: This is a Windows Media/Audio file.) We also have an updated 2016-17 FAQ for your reference.Please visit the School Profiles page to find more details regarding your attendance, chronic absence, and dropout rate data. For more information on your school survey ratings, please visit the School Survey page.
School Performance Measure: Based on your school assignment
For 2016-17 teacher evaluations, all teachers are given an SPM score based on where they were assigned in the 2015-16 school year. If a teacher was assigned to multiple schools or if a teacher changed schools during the year, he or she receives a prorated score that incorporates data from the schools to which he or she was assigned in 2015-16.
Teachers new to City Schools in the 2016-17 school year, those on leave for 2015-16, and teachers in district office or alternative schools or programs for 2015-16, will not have SPM as an evaluation component. As a result, the other components of the evaluation are reweighted.
* As a proxy for economic disadvantage, City Schools uses the proportion of students receiving direct services, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), as well as homeless students, students in foster care, and students eligible for Medicaid.
At a glance
- The school performance measure will account for 15% of the overall 2016-17 Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation
- The measure is based on data from the 2015-16 school year
- All teachers at the same school in the 2015-16 school year will receive the same score
- Teachers who served more than one school in 2015-16 will receive a prorated score
- Teachers who are missing SPM will have other components of the evaluation reweighted