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Document Number: 7008

No Child Left Behind Act: States Face Challenges Measuring Academic Growth - NCLB requires that states improve academic performance so that all students reach proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014 and that achievement gaps close among student groups. States set annual proficiency targets using an approach known as a status model, which calculates test scores one year at a time. Some states have interest in using growth models that measure changes in test scores over time to determine if schools are meeting proficiency targets. This testimony discusses: (1) how many states are using growth models and for what purposes, (2) how growth models can measure progress toward achieving key NCLB goals and (3) what challenges states face in using growth models especially to meet the law’s key goals. Also available are report highlights. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, July 2006) ...

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