Freedom and Flexibility
Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for FFA principals must meet both of the criteria listed below and must not be on an action plan or under Area Superintendent review for performance related issues. The Superintendent reserves the right
to make a placement.

Principal Experience

A principal must have more than two years of principal experience.

EOG/EOC Scale Score Growth

This criterion reflects the average growth for students at the schools for school years 05/06 and 06/07 where the principal served. In a few instances only one year’s worth of data is available given the individual’s prior placement. Score growth is used by the state to determine if schools meet expected growth. These values
do not represent proficiency or percent on grade level.

The state uses a statistical formula to set an expectation (scale score) for each student’s performance on EOC and EOG tests. Students’ actual performance is then compared to the expected performance. Thus, if a
student’s academic change (often referred to a growth) is 0.00 or greater, the child met their expected performance or exceeded it. In other words, a growth score of 0.00 means a student demonstrated approximately one year’s worth of learning compared to the previous year.

As a measure of how a school is impacting its students, the state averages the academic change for the students who are tested into a single number representing the average growth of students in that school. For the Freedom & Flexibility criteria, we are expanding this to span two academic years as one of our measures,
when available. The more positive the number is, the more students, on average, surpassed the specific expectation of performance.

The following measures were used as part of the Freedom & Flexibility selection process for
principals:

Elementary School

Average 2-year growth > .04

Middle School

Average 2-year growth > .04

High School

Average 2-year growth > .03

  • A value of zero indicates that on average the students met expected growth.
  • A positive value indicates that on average the students exceeded expected growth.
  • A negative value indicates that on average the students did not meet expected growth.