Measures for Student Growth
Every state is going to grapple with this issue, and the rubrics or assessments they identify likely will not differ significantly. This is a good opportunity for states to collaborate with each other and with advocacy and non-profit organizations on the development of item banks, assessments, performance measures, rubrics, and other aspects of evaluation.
New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island currently are collaborating on Common Core instructional materials that will ultimately influence evaluation systems in all three states. The Joyce Foundation also recently awarded a grant to Achieve to work with policymakers in Illinois and Indiana to develop K-2 assessments.
Tennessee and Delaware both opted to establish educator working groups to identify and adapt measures specific to each category that can be conducted and evaluated consistently across the state. To do this, the states have provided the educators with guidance on how to identify and/or develop quality measures of student performance, how to assess academic growth from one point in time to another, and provided training on how to judge the measures.
Examples of Measurement