What's Student Success: Growth or Proficiency?

If a student arrives to their freshman year of high school at a fourth grade reading level, and heads into sophomore year at a sixth grade reading level, have they failed? Or have we failed to accurately and publicly represent both their and their teachers' success? This session will explore the ways we currently measure student success at a federal level, and in various states. In particular, it will inspect the impact of rewarding schools for absolute, as opposed to growth, outcomes.

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  1. Understand the difference between measuring absolute proficiency and growth
  2. Discuss the root causes that keep us from looking at alternative measures of student success, particularly student growth
  3. Discuss the impact of including growth--or not--as part of student & teacher success, including the discovery of best teaching practices



Sean Thibault, Director of Communications, Green Dot Public Schools

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