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In my last blog post, I explained why K-12 Talent Managers should have an understanding of value-added analysis and student growth models. There are many districts across the country using value-added in a variety of ways, but there continues to be a misconception that value-added is simply a measure of student achievement. In actuality, value-added measures estimate the influence that districts, schools, and individual educators have on the academic growth of students. Achievement vs. Progress Achievement and progress are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are actually very different. Achievement is a point-in-time measure that evaluates how well students perform ...


Denette Kolbe, Assistant Director of Schools in the Putnam County School System in Cookeville, Tennessee contributed to this post. Denette has been an educator for 19 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Data & Accountability Supervisor at the district level. Denette is a value-added expert who has given numerous presentations on value-added to teachers, principals, and administrators across the state of Tennessee and nationally. It's the beginning of another school year. As Mrs. Taylor welcomes her new fourth grade class of 24 students, she knows the differences among them are likely profound. Some will already be reading at ...


In 2010, the Ohio Department of Education and 23 Ohio school districts joined forces to carry out the goals of a five-year, $52.7 million Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. These districts are recognizing educators for their impact on student achievement, enhancing educator effectiveness, and focusing on all students graduating from high school college- and career-ready. This work includes designing and implementing bonus systems for teachers and principals. Each model contains support structures for professional learning, incentives, and processes of communication and collaboration ensure stakeholder engagement and involvement. From the beginning, Ohio TIF ...


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