Using Student Growth Percentiles During the Assessment Transition: Technical, Practical and Political Implications
This paper highlights technical, practical, and policy considerations for using growth percentiles during the assessment transition (generally 2014 to 2015) period to support state accountability efforts, and it recommends analyses and guidelines to help inform decisions in light of these considerations. It notes that while there are similarities across different states, the challenges of incorporating growth data across any transitions will vary based upon policy requirements as well as different accountability systems and approaches. Separate groups of PARCC and Smarter Balanced states that use Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) were convened by the CCSSO to facilitate discussions with technical advisors and state officials. While recommendations in the paper were tailored to states attending CCSSO-sponsored growth transition meetings, many of the general approaches may be useful to other states whether they are transitioning to PARCC, Smarter Balanced, or another model.