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At HISD, students enter our campuses and classrooms at many different levels. We may have two students entering the fourth grade—one reading at the sixth-grade level and another at the second-grade level—and everything in between. Measuring these students’ progress would show that they could score above state and federal expectations but actually be making significantly less than a year’s worth of growth.

HISD is confident that using value-added progress information, when combined with achievement and other data, has power. Power to reinforce the fact that all students can make progress, no matter where they start.

With Value-Added Information...

are better able to:
  • Monitor students' progress, from low-achieving to high-achieving, ensuring growth opportunities for all students.
  • Modify instruction to address all students' needs.
  • Align professional development in the areas of greatest need.

    District administrators and principals
    are better able to:
  • Measure the impact of educational practices, classroom curricula, instructional methods, and professional development on student achievement.
  • Make better-informed, data-driven decisions about where to focus resources to help students make greater progress and perform at higher levels.
  • Benchmark progress against other schools'.
  • Identify best practices and implement more-effective programs for their student population.
  • Parents
  • Learn about the progress HISD and their child's campus is making in raising student achievement.
  • Access e-learning

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