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Explaining Student Growth Scores to Teachers and Principals 2018-19 Frequently Asked Questions

November 2019

Prepared for the New York State Education Department by Education Analytics, Inc. under contract C-012798

Introduction
In 2018-19, approximately 37,000 teachers in English Language Arts (ELA)/math in grades 4-8 and 5,000 principals (of schools containing grades 4-8 as well as principals of schools containing all of grades 9-12) received a State-provided growth rating and score. The New York State Education Department (NYSED or “the Department”) has provided a variety of materials to help districts and educators understand and use the State-provided growth scores. These materials can be found at the NYSED.gov State Growth Measures Toolkits page.

The following document was developed based upon inquiries made directly by stakeholders across the State[1]. This document is separated into three sections with subsections:

Teachers’ Frequently Asked Questions

  • Growth Score Calculations

Principals’ Frequently Asked Questions

  • Specific Scores
  • Accessing Results
  • Deadlines and Release Dates

Additional Resources on State-provided growth scores

If further questions arise, reach out to the email addresses below:

[1] Note: If there are any discrepancies between the information presented in this document and statute, regulations, or APPR Guidance, the language in the statute, regulations, or APPR Guidance must prevail.

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