OAGC has long supported value-added assessement as a fairer system of education accountability that would be more appropriate for those students who are already performing above the proficiency bar. Though the computations behind it are complex, the concept of value-added assessment is quite simple: for every year a student attends school he or she should make at least one year's worth of growth. We have long suspected that for high achieving students this is usually not the case. As Ohio moves to incorporate a value-added growth measure into its accountability system in the 2007/2008 school year, it is useful to look at the many aspects of value-added assessment from the original concept conceived by Dr. William Sanders to the pilot growth models submitted to the US Department of Education to modify the current AYP models. Below are a number of links to documents for those of you who are interested in value-added assessment. It is, by no means, an exhaustive look at value added assessment, but it should provide food for thought. This overview contains:
In November of 2005, US Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, announced a new pilot for states who wished to use a growth measure in the AYP calculation under NCLB (No Child Left Behind). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which includes NCLB is up for reauthorization in 2007.
Ohio Accountability Task Force Documents from August 28, 2006 meeting
Ohio Accountability Task Force Documents from May 10, 2006 meeting
Value Added in Ohio powerpoint presented at the NAGC conference
OAGC/OMSA Powerpoints from Dec. 9th conference, "Where's Your 5th Quintile?"