NCLB with Student Growth Models?

If you read a newspaper article about No Child Left Behind, chances are that it will be one of two types:

1. Our schools are wonderful and are meeting the targest.

2. The law is horrible and must be changed.

The Lawrence Journal World had an article of the second type, in a review of recent meetings in Kansas on the subject.

But what caught our eye is this paragraph: “Several panelists said they would favor reauthorization of the law with “dramatic changes,” such as using a growth model, which measures student achievement over time.”

Student growth models, if properly implemented, could be very useful for identifying whether a school and teacher is doing a good job by the student, and taxpayer.

Source: “Parents criticize school testing,” Lawrence Journal World,  April 6.

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