Nevada Alternative Performance Framework (APF)

The Nevada Alternative Performance Framework (APF) was designed to collect and report data for schools that cannot or should not be rated under the Nevada School Performance Framework.  Schools rated under the APF typically fall into one of four categories:

  • Schools offering credit recovery programs
  • Schools offering behavioral/continuation programs
  • Juvenile Detention Facilities serving adjudicated youth
  • Special Education schools serving students with identified disabilities

The APF is geared for driving continuous improvement in the schools rated under the system.  The initial soft launch of the APF was for the 2016-2017 school year with no star ratings associated with the release.  Continuous releases of the APF will occur in the fall of 2018, 2019, and 2020.  Schools rated under the APF are still rated under the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) and a rating is not determined under the APF.

Which schools are rated?

Special Education Schools

Helen J. Stewart School

John F. Miller School

Miley Achievement Center

Variety School


Behavior/Continuation Schools

Burk Horizon/Sunset High School

Cowan Academic Center

Cowan Sunset High School

Morris Sunset High School

Peterson Academic Center

South Academic Center

Desert Rose High School

Mission High School


Juvenile Detention Schools

Juvenile Detention Center

Spring Mountain Youth Camp

Performance Indicators Measured Under the APF*

Academic Achievement Indicator
Reports student academic proficiency based on the results of state mandated assessments which encompass the administration of criterion-referenced examinations for grades 3-8 in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics; grades 5, 8 and high school science; and a college and career readiness assessment for grade 11. Only students that tested at the qualifying school and who met the 30 day enrollment criteria will be included in the proficiency calculation. Rates will be determined through a pooled average of all students, regardless of grade, who assessed in the content area at this school.

Attendance Indicator
Reports school-wide attendance and absenteeism rates. An individual student attendance rate is calculated as the number of days attended divided by the number of days enrolled. A school attendance rate is the average of each student’s attendance rate. A student is absent if they are not physically on school grounds and is not participating in instruction or instruction-related activities at an approved off-grounds location for at least 50% of the school day. Chronically absent students include students who are absent for any reason (e.g., illness, suspension, the need to care for a family member), regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused; only students who missed 10% of the school days in which they were enrolled in the school are counted in this rate.

Academic Progress Indicator
Reports the degree to which students enrolled in the current school year are successfully completing courses in which they are enrolled. Individual credit earning rate is calculated as the number of credits earned divided by the number of credits attempted by each student in grades 9-12. The school’s credit earning rate is the average of each student’s credit earning rate for all students who meet the 30 day enrollment criteria. An academic Individualized Education Program (IEP) measure is used for math and ELA by special education schools that are non-credit granting institutions. These ELA and math academic goals are based on the progress found on a student’s fourth quarter or final progress report from the last annual IEP.

Graduation Indicator
Reports the extent to which students successfully complete or make substantial progress toward completion of high school. Data for the cohort graduation rates lag by one year due to the cohort collection and validation process. Graduation Attainment Rate is a 10-point measure determined by assigning points to any student identified with an Original Year of Graduation (OYOG) for the current year or earlier and who have a high school completion status or exit code. The reported rate is the average of all points earned for qualifying students.

Student Engagement Indicator
Reports the extent to which students are engaged in the educational process. Student Persistence data reveals the number of students, at the alternative setting within the accountability school year who, either stayed enrolled in the current alternative setting, transferred out to another alternative setting or another traditional school. A further calculation is done to determine how many of these students ended the current accountability year at that setting. For Special Education schools, student engagement is defined as students participating in a purposeful learning activity. Rates reveal the average number of students observed and the average number of students engaged over the span of the current school year.

Planning for Success Indicator
Reports student success towards career, college and life pathways. The Nevada State Literacy Plan has a self-assessment tool that results in a 5 point scale and provides schools with a number of tools to help them engage students in meaningful and effective data-driven standards-based literacy instruction and intervention. Academic Learning Plans are mandated by NRS 388.205 and must set forth the specific education goals that the pupil intends to achieve before graduation from high school. Life Readiness Skills IEP Goals are based on the progress found on a student’s fourth quarter or final progress report from the last annual IEP.

Continuum of Performance
Once baseline data has been established, and benchmarks selected, a Continuum of Performance rating will be applied. Measures will be evaluated and scored individually, comparing school performance from one year to the next.

*Measures vary by school.