Craig Waterman explained to me new guidance for the use of student growth percentiles as measures of student growth. Craig is DESE’s Assessment Coordinator for district determined measures.
- Educators required to use SGP data as a growth measure (about 14% of all teachers):
- Teachers with 20 or more students who take the MCAS and have MCAS data from the previous year (Ex: a fourth grade classroom teacher)
- Teachers with 30 or more students teaching one MCAS-tested subject across multiple grades (Ex: a special educator)
- Educators not required to use SGP, but may be required by the district (about 6%):
- Teachers with between 8 and 19 students (“SGP is more reliable than a DDM.”)
- Every teacher with the same job description uses the same measure. (Ex: One math teacher has 21 students, another has 19. They should both use SGP or both use a DDM.)
- The spread defining low, moderate, and high growth will be different than that currently used at the school and district level:
- Instead of a range of 40 to 60 defining moderate growth, that range will be 35 to 65. This will result in a teacher distribution comparable to the distribution currently found in SGP ratings of schools and districts.
- Districts will wait to file their impact ratings till October, when SGP data become available, though performance ratings will still be due in June.
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