Tuesday, September 05, 2006

11 Districts begin using value-added results in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is using SAS to do value-added analysis of its test scores. 11 districts are already using the data as early adopter. Sanders does a nice job providing a non-technical description of value-added metrics. The state also provides some info on cost - $2.00/year/student - when all 501 districts are on board. Unlike a couple of other states, value-added assessments will be used diagnostically to track student progress but not to evaluate teacher performance. This piece gets to a lot of important issues, including growth of students who are already at high attainment. Take a look.


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