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September 14, 2018
See disparities in how Colorado schools are serving black, Hispanic, and white students
White students showed more academic progress than black or Hispanic students in most districts – but not all. See our charts for details.
September 12, 2018
See how well Colorado schools are serving students from low-income families
Chalkbeat's database shows growth scores for students who receive subsidized lunches and those who do not. Look up your school, and compare schools side-by-side.
August 27, 2018
The ‘puzzling’ case of Denver’s unusually low ninth-grade PSAT scores
“Same classrooms, same teachers,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said. “This year, different assessment – and their growth fell off a cliff.”
Updated April 13, 2016
New York considering using scores on AP exams and SAT subject tests in evaluations
The memo cautions that officials are only considering those changes. But expanding the use of SAT and AP scores would be in keeping with a national trend.
September 5, 2013
In a low-stakes year, NYC teachers excel on growth scores
Teacher growth scores released by the Department of Education's annual School Survey. New York City teachers earned top growth scores more than twice as often as those in the rest of the state, according to data the city released today. While scores plummeted on state tests that were tied to new Common Core standards, the teacher ratings reflected growth scores, which compare similar students from last year and this year and controls for changes in the test, said Department of Education spokeswoman Erin Hughes. The release comes less than three months after the city published growth scores for the 2011-2012 school year.
June 14, 2013
More 'highly effective' growth scores for New York City teachers
New York City teachers fared slightly better than teachers in the rest of the state on metrics that will now factor into their annual ratings. In the city, 8 percent of teachers received ratings of "highly effective" on their state growth scores for the 2011-2012 school year, compared to 6 percent in the rest of the state, according to data that the city released today. Another 76 percent of city teachers netted "effective" ratings, compared to 77 percent in the rest of the state.
December 10, 2012
Some teachers to get a sneak peek of new evaluations this week
A screenshot from one school's ARIS "Community Space" shows that teachers were able to download "growth scores" for their colleagues last week. Teachers in tested grades and subjects are set to receive last year's growth scores, which will factor into new evaluations, this week. About one in five city teachers will get a sneak peek on Tuesday about how they might be rated under a new evaluation system. That's when the city Department of Education will be sharing the state's "growth scores" with teachers for whom a score was generated. The scores reflect how well a teacher's students performed on state math and reading exams last year compared to other students like them and, according to state law, must eventually constitute 25 percent of annual evaluations for teachers who work in tested grades and subjects. In New York City, about 17 percent of teachers teach fourth or fifth grade or English or math in middle school. They will get their growth score for the 2011-2012 school year Tuesday evening in their Department of Education email, department officials said. The department has had the information since the end of the summer, state education officials said at a briefing for reporters last month. Principals got the reports last week and are expected to use the scores to help teachers at their school improve, according to Connie Pankratz, a department spokeswoman. But teachers are supposed to get access only to their own scores.
August 16, 2012
State releases teacher rating data that most districts won't use
As of today, school districts across New York State have in hand the first piece of data they would need to calculate some teachers' ratings: their "growth scores" for last year. The State Education Department today distributed scores to districts for 36,685 educators who teach reading and math in grades 4-8 or supervise those teachers. The scores — which calculate students' growth on state math and reading tests, adjusting for the students' past performance, the performance of similar students, and the reliability of the exams — would count for 20 percent of educators' ratings under the state's evaluation law. Two consecutive “ineffective” ratings could trigger termination proceedings under the law. But the data released today suggest that the state's current formula for measuring student growth would be unlikely to place many teachers' jobs at risk. Nearly 85 percent of the 36,685 educators who received a score fell into the "highly effective" or "effective" ranges. Just 6 percent of them had scores in the "ineffective" range. Few of the scores issued today will actually be used to evaluate teachers. Most of the state's 715 school districts, including New York City, have not yet adopted evaluation systems that comply with the state's evaluation law, and many that have adopted new evaluations won't use them until next year.
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