Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Measuring progress

Jenny D wanted someone to explain the controversy about growth models. It seems she thinks that measuring progress in schools and districts makes more sense than establishing a benchmark that all schools must meet no matter where they started. How crazy!

Just kidding. In fact, it's the only approach that makes sense. I've advocated it for a long time. Recently, the Spellings Education Department apparently came to its senses and announced that the growth model will be used in 10 states to determine Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). This is definitely a step in the right direction.

Jenny D points out some research that shows that measuring improvement works quite well. Go to her post for more info.


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