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State DOE releases student growth model

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The Georgia Department of Education has launched an interactive webbased tool that it will use to share Georgia Student Growth Model data. Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) of the Georgia Student Growth Model or GSGM, describe the amount of growth a student has demonstrated, relative to his or her academic peers (those with a similar achievement history).

 

The new web tool shares district- and school-level SGP results for the 2012-13 school year. In order to calculate the data, the state uses two years of
prior test data. For example, the 5th grade English Language Arts growth score would be based on 3rd and 4th grade results. The information in the Georgia Student Growth Model tool can be viewed by test, subject/course, grade, and student subgroup. Officials say the Student Growth Model is the metric that will help educators, parents, and other stakeholders better understand and analyze the progress students make year to year.

 

“The GSGM will allow all stakeholders to take a deeper look at student growth by school and school district, asking questions such as, Did students in this school grow more or less than academically similar students across the state? Are students growing as much in math as in reading,” said State School Superintendent John Barge. “This tool will make the data produced by the student-growth model visible in a visual, easy-to-navigate manner.”

 

The model can be located at www.gastudentgrowth.gadoe.org, and it allows parents and members of the public to view visualized student-growth data. 404-656-2800.

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