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Document Number: 5165

Individual Growth and School Success - The authors use assessment results for individual schools in Indiana to make the case that annual growth in student achievement, rather than absolute achievement alone, must be a consideration in determining school performance. They point out the limitations of the adequate yearly progress (AYP) model currently used as the accountability mechanism in No Child Left Behind, namely: (1) the strong correlation between “snapshot” analyses of student performance and student demographics; (2) the inability of AYP to measure the growth of students far below or far above standard; (3) the inability to prove that students moving to schools with higher test scores indeed receive a better education; and (4) the need to examine the results of high-performing schools to establish viable goals. A “hybrid model” is proposed as a more effective method of measuring school effectiveness. An executive summary also is available. (Free registration is required to view the full report.) (Martha S. McCall, G. Gage Kingsbury and Allan Olson, Northwest Evaluation Association, April 2004)...

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