

The 200809 Texas No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Report Card employs masking of data in order to comply with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Generally speaking, the term "masking" refers to the use of special symbols to conceal the results.
The Texas NCLB Report Card masked data are presented on two tables: Part I, Student Achievement and Part II, Academic Expectations through Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Additional masking rules are applied for the columns Percent of students in each achievement level on table Part I, Student Achievement.
The Report Card masking rules explained below apply to the following shaded columns found on Part I and Part II.
Part I  Student Achievement
Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level  
Percent of Students Met Standard (Proficient) and Commended (Advanced) 
Percent Tested 
Percent Not Meeting Standard (Basic) 
Percent Met Standard (Proficient) 
Percent Commended (Advanced) 

Student Group 
Year 
Part II  Academic Expectations through Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Reading/Language Arts  Mathematics  Additional Academic Indicators 

Percent Tested Goal 95% 
Percent Met Standard (Proficient) and Commended (Advanced) ‘08 Goal: 60% ‘09 Goal: 67% 
Percent Tested Goal 95% 
Percent Met Standard (Proficient) and Commended (Advanced) ‘08 Goal: 50% ‘09 Goal: 58% 
Graduation Rate Goal 70% 
Attendance Rate Goal 90% 

Student Group 
Year 
The columns shown above are masked under the following conditions:
Symbols Used for reporting the Texas NCLB Report Card, Part I  Student Achievement, Percent Tested and
Part II  Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), All Columns
Examples  Numerator  Denominator 
Actual Value 
What
is Shown on Report 
Meaning 
1a 
0 
0 
undefined 
* 

4 
4 
100% 
* 

3 
4 
75% 
* 

0 
4 
0% 
* 

1b 
No Data 
No Data 
No Data 
n/a 

2a 
0 
5 
0% 
<1% 

1 
201 
0% 
<1% 

2b 
24 
24 
100% 
>99% 

995 
1000 
100% 
>99% 

199 
200 
100% 
>99% 
Masking Rules for the Texas NCLB Report Card Part I – Student Achievement, Percent of students in each achievement level.
Additional masking is necessary for the Texas NCLB Report Card Part I – Student Achievement data shown in the columns Percent of students in each achievement level.
Part I  Student Achievement
Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level  
Percent of Students Met Standard (Proficient) and Commended (Advanced) 
Percent Tested 
Percent Not Meeting Standard (Basic) 
Percent Met Standard (Proficient) 
Percent Commended (Advanced) 

Student Group 
Year 
The data presented in Part I: Percent of students in each achievement level provide users with performance results in three mutually exclusive categories:
 Percent Not Meeting Standard (Basic)
 Percent Met Standard (Proficient)
 Percent Commended (Advanced)
The results in these categories will always add to 100%, except in cases where rounding causes the sum of the percentages to round to either 99% or 101%. To maintain student confidentiality in cases where the results of all students or no students fall into one or more of these categories, the percentages will be masked under the following conditions:
a. In cases where any one of the three categories of performance percentages are 100 percent or round to 100 percent, then all three categories are masked and “*” is shown in each category.
b. In cases where any one of the three categories of performance percentages are 0 percent or round to 0 percent, then all three categories are masked and “*” is shown in each category, except in the following scenario:
Exception: If the Percent Not Meeting Standard is greater than 0 and either Percent Met
Standard or Percent Commended is 0 percent or rounds to 0 percent, both categories,
“Met Standard” and “Commended”, are masked and “*” is shown. The results for the
Percent Not Meeting Standard are shown.
Symbols Used for reporting the Texas NCLB Report Card, Part I  Student Achievement, Columns: Percent of students in each achievement level)
Examples  Numerator  Denominator 
Actual Value 
What
is Shown on Report 
Meaning 
1 
0 
0 
undefined 
* 

4 
4 
100% 
* 

3 
4 
75% 
* 

0 
4 
0% 
* 

2a 
0 
5 
0% 
* 

1 
201 
0% 
* 

2b 
24 
24 
100% 
* 

995 
1000 
100% 
* 

199 
200 
100% 
* 
For there to be no masking of data, both of the following conditions must be met:
Examples of No Masking applied to the Texas NCLB Report Card tables
Numerator  Denominator  Percent  
Examples 
197 
200 
99% 
3 
6 
50% 

59 
62 
95% 


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