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Document Number: 6486

Evaluating Value-Added: Findings and Recommendations from the NASBE Study Group on Value-Added Assessments - For decades, education policymakers have wanted to go beyond traditional ways of analyzing test score data that only looks at the particular status or "proficiency level" that students have attained. To address these issues, many education policymakers have turned to value-added assessments. This paper looks at how value-added assessments fit with other aspects of testing, the accuracy of results and the best uses for this kind of assessment. Included are 14 findings and recommendations on the uses and limitations of value-added models. The study found that value-added assessment has significant potential when used with other measures as a tool to improve teaching and show potential for improving the effectiveness of teacher training. (National Association of State Boards of Education, October 2005)...

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