Measuring Real School Results . . .
is a controversial issue given the movement towards greater accountability for academic results in schools. State assessment systems have notoriously produced tests that fall short of measuring proficiency and in most cases, simply measure minimum performance levels on basic knowledge.

Tips for Measuring Real Results
Don’t rely on your state assessment system. In most cases, your state assessments measure basic knowledge, not proficiency. Take a look at how your state assessments over report proficiency when a representative sample of students take the National Assessment for Educational Progress.
  This has been documented on numerous occasions by Education Next
Select and implement the introduction of reliable standardized tests. Students, parents and teachers have the right to know how achievement is measured using a national assessment that measure proficiency and is from a norm that ensures competitive skills are being developed. In the K-8 years, think about using a standardized test in the fall opposite the spring state assessment schedule.
Get familiar with Value-Added processes that measure academic growth.
  Several of the states are using “growth models” that are based on measuring each student’s academic growth from year to year, using each as his/her own control. Dr. William Sanders, EVAS system is one that measures the effect size of teachers on bringing about academic growth in their students.
Utilize common formative assessments that “catch” students who are experiencing learning problems in time to help them or identify advanced students that need to be accelerated. Just like a nurse or physician, measuring the health of our students learning is critical and must be conducted on a daily basis to ensure effective learning.
Stay in touch with the standards and assessments of countries that get top results.
Take a look at the Ministry of Singapore, a country that consistently tops the list of high scores on international assessments. Our assessments must be at minimum, competitive with what children must achieve elsewhere in the world.
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