The Benefits of Value-Added Analysis for Teachers by gty33410



                         The Benefits of Value-Added
                         Analysis for Teachers
                         Value-added analysis is a statistical method used to measure the influence of a district and school on
                         the academic progress rates of individual students and groups of students from year to year. PVAAS
                         data is a point of departure for a deeper analysis of other district and classroom assessments of student
                         growth. Teachers can use this annual data as a part of school, grade and subject-area planning, as well
                         as individual student-level planning.

                         Assessing Current Practice
                         Teachers are working to ensure the success of all students. Decisions made at the district, building,
                         grade and student levels are critical to students’ ultimate success. PVAAS reporting will provide district
                         administrators with progress/growth data in reading and math for grades 4-8 at the school, PSSA
                         performance and student levels, as well as by subgroup. PVAAS reporting will also yield projections on
                         student performance on the PSSA. A projection is the probability of a student scoring at the advanced,
                         proficient or basic performance level on a future PSSA. This type of proactive data is beneficial for
                         student-level planning, as well as planning at the grade and subject-area levels.

                            With value-added information, teachers are able to:
                            •	 Monitor the progress of all students, from low-achieving to high-achieving, ensuring growth
                               opportunities for all students;
                            •	 Analyze the influence of specific programs and initiatives on students’ progress;
                            •	 Identify areas of strength and improvement in grade levels and specific subject areas;
                            •	 Identify areas of potential concern in order to facilitate improvement in student performance;
                            •	 Ensure that all students (high and low-achieving) and all subgroups of students are making
                               appropriate levels of progress;
                            •	 Identify groups of students who are at risk for not meeting school, district and state

                               academic expectations;

                            •	 Identify groups of students who are in need of intervention services, remedial or advanced
                               supports at the school, grade and student levels;
                            •	 View student learning differently by using progress data with achievement data from PDE
                               tools such as PSSA Data Interactive and 4Sight Benchmark Assessments; and
                            •	 Access value-added data via a secure Web-based reporting system.

                         Planning and Goal Setting
                         In combination with classroom assessments and observations and teachers’ professional knowledge
                         and experiences, value-added analysis can be a powerful tool to influence student achievement. Value-
  P E N N S YLVAN I A    added analysis helps teachers assess and leverage strengths and hone in on and identify areas for
          improvement at the school, grade, subject and student levels.
Assessment System

                            By using value-added information in planning and goal setting, teachers are able to:
                            •	 Integrate value-added data as a part of the annual school-planning process;
                            •	 Integrate value-added data as a part of monthly teacher team meetings;
                            •	 Integrate value-added data as a part of student-level planning;
                            •	 Use value-added projection data to give feedback to principals on school-level resources for
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                                        The Benefits of Value-Added Analysis for Teachers

                            •	 Align/focus grade-level and subject-area resources that receive the greatest influence on
                               student achievement;
                            •	 Work with grade-level and subject-area teams to reflect upon current practices in

                               curriculum, assessment and instruction; and

                            •	 Focus professional development efforts on the unique and individual needs of grade-level
                               and subject-area teams.

                         Continuous Improvement
                         With increasing accountability requirements at the building, grade and subject-area levels, the demand
                         for reliable and accurate information on student performance and progress has never been greater.
                         Value-added analysis offers an important metric of student progress and the influence of schools on
                         students’ academic growth.

                            With value-added information, teachers are able to:
                            •	 View a more comprehensive picture of their schools’ influence by having measures of

                               progress/growth (value-added analysis) and achievement measures;

                            •	 Look at trends among disaggregate groups and develop strategies that address specific


                            •	 Consider the influence of resources and services on student progress; and
                            •	 Help parents understand the unique needs and successes of their student and the school.

                         What Pennsylvania Teachers Are Saying
                                “I work the data, it doesn’t work me.”
                                           Dawna Vanderpool, Middle School Teacher, DuBois Area School District

                                “Value-added is an informative tool for schools seeking to target specific areas of curriculum
                                 and instruction for improvement. It places the emphasis on what matters most to all
                                 teachers, the academic growth of students of all ability levels.”
                                           Michelle Thomson, Elementary Teacher, Warwick School District

                                “PVAAS can be a positive experience for teachers. It allows us to determine the actual
                                 progress of individual students.”
                                          Debbie Condon, Elementary Teacher, Boyertown Area School District

  P E N N S YLVAN I A    Want to Learn More?
          For additional information on PVAAS and value-added professional development opportunities and
Assessment System
       resources, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Web site at, email at
                or call (717) 560-4611.

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