Federal

3 States Get OK to Use ‘Growth Model’ to Gauge AYP

By Lynn Olson — November 10, 2006 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The Department of Education last week added three more states to a pilot program that evaluates schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act based in part on the growth individual students make over time.

Delaware received full approval to participate in the pilot this school year, while Arkansas and Florida will be allowed to take part assuming they receive full approval from the department for their testing systems by the end of this school year.

That would bring to five the number of states using a so-called “growth model” under the federal law. North Carolina and Tennessee began using a growth model as part of the pilot program last school year.

Another nine states—Arizona, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Utah—have also submitted proposals that will go before a federal review panel as early as February.

But Alaska and Oregon had their proposals shot down for a second time. They’ve been invited to resubmit their plans by the end of December. The department intends to approve no more than 10 states in total.

‘Important to States’

The NCLB law’s current accountability system requires schools and districts to meet annual targets for the percent of students who perform at least at the “proficient” level on state tests, with those targets rising over time until all students score at that level in 2013-14.

In contrast, growth models give schools credit for the learning gains individual students make over time. To qualify for the pilot program, those gains have to be rapid enough to ensure all students are proficient by 2014, and the accountability system must include all students and all subgroups in the tested grades. Florida, for example, will calculate an individual trajectory for each student that requires the child to be proficient within three years, except for 10th graders, who will have only two years to reach proficiency.

“We know this is important to states,” said Raymond J. Simon, the deputy secretary of education, during a telephone briefing Nov. 9. “We believe it has possibilities to inform us and inform the Congress” as the law comes up for reauthorization next year.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to use growth as a measure toward making adequate yearly progress,” said Hanna Skandera, the deputy commissioner for accountability, research, and measurement for the Florida education department. “Certainly, it’s going to serve students and teachers better when it comes to measuring how are we doing and are kids really improving.”

A version of this article appeared in the November 15, 2006 edition of Education Week as 3 States Get OK to Use ‘Growth Model’ to Gauge AYP


Commenting has been disabled on edweek.org effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Ensuring Continuity of Learning: How to Prepare for the Next Disruption
Across the country, K-12 schools and districts are, again, considering how to ensure effective continuity of learning in the face of emerging COVID variants, politicized debates, and more. Learn from Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent
Content provided by Class
Teaching Profession Live Online Discussion What Have We Learned From Teachers During the Pandemic?
University of California, Santa Cruz, researcher Lora Bartlett and her colleagues spent months studying how the pandemic affected classroom teachers. We will discuss the takeaways from her research not only for teachers, but also for

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Federal How a Big Federal Spending Package Could Affect School Meals and Student Poverty Counts
Legislation to expand access to free school meals highlights a persistent concern: how to improve the ways we identify students in poverty.
6 min read
Food service assistant Brenda Bartee, rear, gives students breakfast, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, during the first day of school at Washington Elementary School in Riviera Beach, Fla.
Food service assistant Brenda Bartee, rear, gives students breakfast, last month on the first day of school at Washington Elementary School in Riviera Beach, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee/AP
Federal Feds to Probe Whether Texas Ban on School Mask Mandates Violates Disability Rights Laws
The Education Department has already opened investigations in six other states that ban universal school mask requirements.
2 min read
A staff member holds the door open for kids on the first day of school at Goodwin Frazier Elementary School in New Braunfels, Texas on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.
A staff member holds the door open at Goodwin Frazier Elementary School in New Braunfels, Texas in 2020. This year, Texas has prohibited school districts from requiring all students to wear masks.
Mikala Compton/Herald-Zeitung via AP
Federal New Federal Team to Work on Puerto Rico School Improvement, Oversight
The Puerto Rico Education Sustainability Team will focus on creating better learning environments and improving financial management.
3 min read
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the Emilio Delgado School in Corozal on June 30, 2021 during a visit to Puerto Rico.
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits the Emilio Delgado School in Corozal on June 30, 2021 during a visit to Puerto Rico.
Teresa Canino Rivera/GDA via AP
Federal Pandemic Tests Limits of Cardona's Collaborative Approach as Education Secretary
He's sought the image of a veteran educator among former peers, but COVID has forced him to take a tough stance toward some state leaders.
10 min read
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter speak to Mia Arias, 10, during their visit to P.S. 5 Port Morris, a Bronx elementary school, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 in New York.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter speak to Mia Arias, 10, during a visit to P.S. 5 Port Morris, a Bronx elementary school, last month.
Brittainy Newman/AP