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Explaining Student Growth Scores to Teachers and Principals 2017-18 Frequently Asked Questions

December 2018

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

In 2017-18, approximately 35,000 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 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
  • Deadlines and Release Date

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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