Education Reform Hub: Measuring Student Growth


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Education Reform Hub!

This monthly update from the U.S. Department of Education will alert readers to new resources that inform policy and practice across several areas of education reform. 

Highlighted Resources

Measuring Student Growth to Understand Teacher Effectiveness


States are using student growth measures to understand teacher effectiveness for good reasons—student learning is the most important expectation we set for schools, and nothing in a school impacts student learning more than effective teaching. Measuring Teaching Matters: What Different Ways of Looking at Student Results Tell Us About Teacher Effectiveness describes various approaches to measuring student growth and the research perspective on the extent to which student growth may be used as a measure of teacher performance.

State Rules for Including Student Achievement Data in Teacher Evaluations

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Evaluating teachers based in part on student growth demands important policy decisions about the attribution of student results to teachers. For that reason, evaluation systems that include a component based on student achievement growth must specify how they will correctly link students to the teachers responsible for their learning. State Rules for Linking Student and Teacher Data for the Purpose of Teacher Evaluation provides a snapshot of the business rules for including student achievement data in evaluations of teacher performance in selected Race to the Top grantee States.

Student Growth Measurement in Non-Tested Grades and Subjects


Race to the Top guidance on measuring student achievement in non-tested grades and subjects permits “alternative measures of student learning and performance” if they are “rigorous and comparable across classrooms.” Measuring Student Growth for Teachers in Non-Tested Grades and Subjects describes the options that State and local education agencies have when taking into account student growth in non-tested grades and subjects as part of their teacher and principal evaluation systems.

The Student Learning Objectives Toolkit

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For many States and school districts, student learning objectives (SLOs) are becoming the solution of choice to the challenge of integrating teachers of non-tested grades and subjects into evaluation and compensation systems that require measures of student growth. The Reform Support Network designed A Quality Control Toolkit for Student Learning Objectives to help States and school districts implement SLOs with the highest degree of quality. The toolkit contains templates, guidance documents, sample SLOs and other tools, which States and school districts can select or adapt.


This month we highlight four new publications focused on student growth measurement, published through the Reform Support Network and U.S. Department of Education.



Explore toolkits, practical guides, case studies, summary briefs and highlights on key topics and issues that States identify as important to their work at the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top Technical Assistance Resources Webpage. 

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