Student Growth Measures: Mini-Grants
Project Team: 
Suzanne Franco, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations, Wright State University
Jill Lindsey, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations, Wright State University
Marsha Lewis, MPA
Assistant Professor, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
Ani Ruhil, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Director of Research and Graduate Programs, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
Key Words: 
student growth measures
extended testing
teacher evaluation
Overview: 

Currently ODE does not test all grades and all subject matters in LEAs. To improve school accountability and effectiveness, the implementation of extended testing in a small group of LEAs will be studied. Recommendations to improve extended testing opportunities for LEAs in Ohio will be developed. The evaluation will include the following areas of study: 1) Implementation. The project will critically examine the ongoing implementation of extended testing to identify successes and areas in need of improvement. This includes sub-questions such as: 1) What are the major implementation challenges, and what best practices can be shared? and 2)What is the buy-in of both teachers and administrators? and 3) what factors may increase the quality of participation? 2) Roster Verification. The use of roster verification for the extended Value-Added reporting will be studied for challenges and recommendations for improvement. 3) Educator Evaluation Systems. The evaluation will investigate the use of the extended testing data from the LEAs to inform the new state teacher and principal evaluation systems. 4) Best Practices and Lessons Learned. The evaluation will determine best practices, lessons learned, and recommendations for the state and LEAs moving forward with integrating measures of student growth. ODE will select LEAS to participate according to their participation in RttT and their existing extended testing regimens. The total number of LEAs will be around 50. Each LEA will have a minimum of two visits during the 2012-2013 academic year and two visits during the 2013-2014 academic year. Some visits will require more than one day due to the number of buildings/grade levels in the district/building. During the visits, interviews and focus groups with administrators and teachers will provide information regarding the LEAs use of extended testing data. Included in the site visits will be time for formative support in interpretation of value-added scores that will be available in the fall of 2013.