d. MCAS Growth Model
1. Michele Kingsland-Smith
2. Bob Lima
3. Maureen Sabolinski
The presentation used:
Franklin was part of the pilot at the State level to participate in this program. The State is gearing for some federal funds and this data pilot was a good step to gain that.
The comparisons amongst the students at a data level to compare apples to apples has not been available previously. This look at the data should help to answer this question.
The test is different year to year, the standards are different. Comparison year to year becomes difficult. How much grown really occurred in the learning? This could not be answered previously.
SGP - Student Growth Profile
CPI - Current Performance Index
One couldn't predict future performance from MCAS results. The value of the new growth model is that this growth can now be forecasted.
The MCAS scores enabled a comparison amongst the Franklin students. Now with the SGP, the comparison can be made statewide. This comparison can truly be made on a cohort statewide level.
Each year, the growth would be re-calculated to produce a new cohort based upon similar performance over three years of testing.
The score for the SGP would be calculated for every subject area in the MCAS environment.
20% rule of thumb, this breaks out the range of growth over 100% into five groupings: 1-19, 20-39, 40-59, 60-79, 80-99.
Data previously was descriptive, now the data can be predictive.
The data shown in the slides is from the pilot and not
Franklin District student data.
What this allows us to do is ask questions. What we need to do is to ask the right questions?
This will be a learning year for the District. The Pilot was a great thing to benefit from.
Q - One challenge has been the bar has been raised year to year, does this also measure district growth?
A - You can do a district level report, by grade, by building, a variety of perspectives. At the moment we can only access Franklin data. The ability to do a district level analysis is possible but likely at the State level. What will be presented to the public is still open. We do not know yet. There is no definitive answer yet.
A - Anyone can take data and show issues with it. The strength of the data will be to allow us to show student growth and target assistence to specific groups of students.