Enough is enough.
It’s time for California — the most populous state in the nation and the fifth largest economy in the world — to keep up with the 48 other states (and the District of Columbia) that have committed to using a measure of student growth in their accountability plans.
What is a growth measure?
Whereas a status measure gives us an idea of a student’s performance at a particular moment in time (often indicated by the results of a standardized test score), growth measures use an individual student’s assessment data over time to evaluate some aspect of that student’s academic progress.
Why should California adopt a growth model?
Student growth data gives us — parents, educators, advocates, and policymakers — a more complete picture of learning in our schools. This information is particularly valuable to parents, teachers, and school leaders, in helping to determine if students are making progress or falling behind, and in need of more targeted interventions.
Alongside many of our partners, GO is advocating that the State Board of Education make the growth model a priority as the California School Dashboard undergoes revisions and upgrades for the 2020-2021 school year.
To learn more about our advocacy efforts related to growth data, read through this coalition letter.