Resources about State Growth Measures

Please visit the Secure Online Growth Reporting System page for the following:

  • Tutorial for the Secure Growth Reporting System
  • Growth Reporting System User Guide & FAQ
  • Login for Secure Growth Reporting System
Letter from Commissioner King about 2012-2013 Growth Scores
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Resources for Understanding and Interpreting Growth Scores
Intended Audience
Video: Growth Scores Explained
This animated video provides a simplified explanation of how New York State calculates student growth based on state tests for 2012-13 by looking at student performance from one year to the next, and by comparing the change in a student’s performance to that of other students in the state with similar academic history and similar characteristics.
  • Teachers
  • School and district administrators
  • BOCES District Superintendents
  • Network Teams and NTEs
  • General public
Professional Development Turnkey Kit: Getting Smarter on State-Provided Student Growth Scores
This kit may be used by administrators to explain to teachers and families how New York State calculates student growth based on state tests for 2012-13. The kit contains:
  • PowerPoint presentation and recorded webinar explaining: growth measures for math and ELA teachers ion grades 4-8 and their principals, and growth measures for principals of grades 9-12
  • Training script accompanying the PowerPoint presentation
  • Activity to practice interpreting sample scores and ratings
  • School and district administrators
  • BOCES District Superintendents
  • Network Teams and NTEs
Frequently Asked Questions about State-Provided Student Growth Scores
Questions and answers to help support discussions about educator growth scores.
  • Teachers
  • School and district administrators
  • BOCES District Superintendents
  • Network Teams and NTEs
  • General public
Teacher’s Guide to Interpreting State-Provided Growth Scores, Grades 4-8
This guide provides an in-depth explanation of how New York State calculates student growth based on state tests for teachers of grades 4-8 in SY 2012-13 by comparing the current year scores of students with similar academic history and similar characteristics. The guide also offers an explanation of how New York State is able to calculate growth scores even with the change in state assessments in 2013 to measure the Common Core State Standards and different scale scores across years.
  • Teachers with a growth score report
  • School administrators supervising teachers with growth score reports
  • General public
Principal’s Guide to Interpreting State-Provided Growth Scores, Grades 4-8
This guide provides an in-depth explanation of how New York State calculates student growth based on state tests for principals of grades 4-8 in SY 2012-13 by comparing the current year scores of students with similar academic history and similar characteristics. The guide also offers an explanation of how New York State is able to calculate growth scores even with the change in state assessments in 2013 to measure the Common Core State Standards and different scale scores across years.
  • Principals with a growth score report, grades 4-8
  • District or BOCES administrators supervising principals with growth score reports, grades 4-8
  • General public
Principal’s Guide to Interpreting State-Provided Growth Scores, Grades 9-12
This guide provides an in-depth explanation of how New York State calculates student growth based on state tests for principals of grades 9-12 in SY 2012-13 by measuring student growth toward graduation and college and career readiness, using available Regents exam data.
  • Principals with a growth score report, grades 9-12
  • District or BOCES administrators supervising principals with growth score reports, grades 9-12
  • General public
2012-13 Classification Rules for Growth Ratings and Scores - Teachers
These slides illustrate how growth measures are used to determine State-provided Growth Scores (0-20) and Growth Ratings (HEDI) for use in in evaluations of math and ELA teachers of grades 4-8.
  • Teachers
  • School and district administrators
  • BOCES District Superintendents
  • Network Teams and NTEs
  • General public
2012-13 Classification Rules for Growth Ratings and Scores - Principals
These slides illustrate how growth measures are used to determine State-provided Growth Scores (0-20) and Growth Ratings (HEDI) for use in in evaluations of principals grades 4-8 and grades 9-12.
  • School and district administrators
  • BOCES District Superintendents
  • Network Teams and NTEs
  • General public
Technical Reports for Growth Measures

The technical reports provide a highly technical explanation of the statistical model used in New York State to calculate student growth based on state tests.

  • Teachers
  • School and district administrators
  • BOCES District Superintendents
  • Network Teams and NTEs
  • General public
Secure Online Growth Reporting System (GRS) for 2012-13

Please see additional resources to help administrators lead APPR in your school, district, or region.


Archived Materials Explaining 2011-12 Growth Model for Educator Evaluation

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Growth Subcomponent Data for 2011-12
  • External Briefing Presentation on 2011-12 New York State Growth Scores
  • Growth Model for Educator Evaluation in 2011-2012
    This page includes materials that were presented by the American Institutes of Research (AIR) at the Network Team Institute in June/July 2012. These materials can be used by trainers as they present information about the growth model. A webinar featuring Mariann Lemke, Director of Value-Added Services at AIR, is also available on this page for educators to review at their own pace.
  • Using Growth Measures for Educator Evaluation in 2011-2012
    This page includes materials that were initially presented by AIR at the Network Team Institute in June/July 2012. Trainers should use materials posted on this page as they have been updated to include additional information about educator growth scores and ratings. A webinar featuring Amy McIntosh, Senior Fellow for Teacher and Leader Effectiveness at the Regents Research Fund, is also available on this page for educators to review at their own pace.
  • Interpreting and Using Your NYS-Provided 2011-12 Growth Score Reports
    This page includes materials that can help superintendents, principals, and teachers read and interpret their 2011-12 Growth Score Reports. These materials can be used by trainers to present information about how to read and interpret 2011-12 Growth Score Reports. A webinar featuring Dr. Monica Young, Project Coordinator in the Office of Educator Effectiveness Policy & Programs team at NYSED, is also available on this page for educators to review at their own pace.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013