Resources about State Growth Measures

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Due to low usership, the Secure Online Growth Reporting System is no longer available. Please contact your superintendent or district data coordinator to review your results. The 2015-16 results will be provided to your district/BOCES in late August or as soon as possible thereafter.

2015-16 Growth Scores

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
Teacher’s Guide to Interpreting State-Provided Growth Scores, Grades 4-8 (2015-16)
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 2014-15 by comparing the current year scores of students with similar academic history and similar characteristics.
  • 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 (2015-16)
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 2014-15 by comparing the current year scores of students with similar academic history and similar characteristics.
  • 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 (2015-15)
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 2014-15 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
2015-16 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
2015-16 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
2015-16 Classification Rules for Growth Ratings and Scores - Schools
These slides illustrate how growth measures are used to determine State-provided Growth Scores (0-20) and Growth Ratings (HEDI) for schools with students in grades 4-8 and grades 9-12. Some districts may be using school-level results as a component of evaluation for educators in their district, per their APPR plan.
  • 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

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


Archived Materials Explaining 2014-15 Growth Model for Educator Evaluation

Archived Materials Explaining 2013-14 Growth Model for Educator Evaluation


Archived Materials Explaining 2012-13 Growth Model for Educator Evaluation


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.