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ERIC Number: EJ708749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Districts Pilot Value-Added Assessment: Leaders in Ohio and Pennsylvania Are Making Better Sense of Their School Data
Schaeffer, Brett
School Administrator, v61 n11 p20 Dec 2004
Like a lot of superintendents, Pennsylvania's Steve Iovino believes in a simple axiom: the more student test data the better. Warwick School District, a 4,100-student district located in southeastern Pennsylvania, tested its students even in years when state-mandated exams were not required. But Iovino did not know exactly what to make of all this test data his district was accumulating. Pennsylvania launched in 2002 the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System with Warwick as one of the 32 pilot districts. The system is based on the value-added assessment model statistician William Sanders created in Tennessee in the 1980s. As Iovino explains, value-added assessment carries two basic goals: to assess how much growth a student achieved from the beginning of the school year to the end and to predict a student's future growth. Value-added requires, though, a minimum of three consecutive years' worth of test data for an accurate assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania