Lost in the average

Measuring average student achievement isn’t good enough, says a Pacific Research study. Schools should track individual students’ scores over time.

Yearly individual improvement goals can then be established for each individual student to help them reach proficiency by graduation.

Without a “value-added” model, schools have an incentive to concentrate on students just below the proficiency level, ignoring those far below and above proficiency.

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  1. Richard Brandshaft says:

    “Yearly individual improvement goals can then be established for each individual student…”

    That’s too easy. Just give each student a too-low score initially, making it easy to show improvement. No, I’m not joking. I wish I were.