TYPE OF LOCALE 1. Large City - Central city of a CMSA(Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area) or MSA(Metropolitan Statistical Area), with the city having a population greater than or equal to 250,000 2. Mid-size City - Central city of a CMSA or MSA with population less than 250,000 3. Urban Fringe of Large City - Place within a MSA of a Large City and defined as urban by the Census Bureau. 4. Urban Fringe of Mid-size City - Place within a MSA of a Mid-size City and defined as urban by the Census Bureau. 5. Large Town - Town not within a CMSA or MSA, with a population greater than or equal to 25,000. 6. Small Town - Town not within a CMSA or MSA with population less than 25,000. 7. Rural, outside MSA - A place not within an MSA defined as rural by the Census Bureau. 8. Rural, inside MSA - A place within an MSA defined as rural by the Census Bureau. Average Percent Passing ISTEP The ISTEP test includes an English/Language Arts test and a Mathematics test. The average percent passing is the number of Math tests passed plus the number of English tests passed divided by the number of Tests(Math and English). Reduced Lunch Count The reduced lunch count is the number of grade KG-12 students participating in the reduced lunch program (does not include students receiving free lunches). Percent Free Lunch The percent of students, grades KG-12, participating in the free lunch program. State Total Free Lunch Percent FREE LUNCH COUNT The free lunch count is the number of grade KG-12 students participating in the free lunch program (does not include students on reduced lunch rates). ISTEP Test Performance The "Percent Meeting State Standard" is the percent of students, in the selected school, who passed both the English/Language Arts and Math parts of ISTEP. This number is less than or equal to the "Average Percent Passing ISTEP". The "State Average Meeting Standard" is the percent of students statewide who passed both the English and Math parts of ISTEP. Since 1997-98 it has included both public and nonpublic schools. Before 1997-98 it was public only. The "ISTEP Total Battery NCE" is the average score of students, in the selected school, on the Norm-referenced part of ISTEP. In 2000-01 the Norm-referenced test was no longer required of Grade 10 students. In 2001-02 the Norm-referenced test was no longer required of any grade. "NCE" = Normal Curve Equivalent; 50 is the average of the norming group. "State Average Total Battery" is the average score statewide. It includes both public schools and nonpublic schools seeking state accreditation. ISTEP Subtest Scores Relative to Predicted The test of cognitive skill is no longer a required part of ISTEP. The performance on achievement tests is predicted from Socio-Economic Status and Average Cognitive Skill Index. The school's score is compared to the school's predicted score. The comparisons are: far above predicted greater than 1.5 standard deviations above predicted (about 7% of all schools) above predicted between .5 and 1.5 standard deviations above predicted (about 24%) near predicted between .5 standard deviations below predicted and .5 standard deviation above predicted (about 38%) below predicted between .5 and 1.5 standard deviations below predicted (about 24%) far below greater than 1.5 standard deviations below predicted (about 7%) COLLEGE ATTENDANCE RATE Before 1996 the college attendance rate was calculated by dividing the number of graduates, who had enrolled in a four-year institution, by the prior school year's twelfth grade enrollment. The rate is now calculated by dividing the number of graduates, who have enrolled in a four-year or TWO-YEAR College or University, by the total number of graduates. State Total College Attendance Rate SCHEDULE TYPES: Traditional: Six or seven periods per day every day (semester length is 18 weeks) Block 4: Four classes per day and classes meet every day for 9 weeks Block 8: Eight class periods available and students take up to 4 per day on an alternating day basis (semester length is 18 weeks) Modified Block: A mix of Block and Traditional scheduling Trimester: Five periods per day every day (semester length is 12 weeks)