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Value-Added Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a value-added progress metric?

Value-added is a statistical methodology that will help us more reliably measure the influence our teachers and schools have on students’ academic progress rates from year to year. Value-added analysis measures student growth from where they begin, and offers an accurate and fair way to assess our teachers’ and schools’ impact on student learning.

How will value-added analysis benefit campuses and teachers?
Recent data suggest that teacher effectiveness is the most important variable affecting student academic progress. The need for more data and information to help teachers understand the effects of their practices and programs is crucial.

Until now, most teachers have not had access to reliable, objective data sources that accurately measure their influence on students’ academic progress. Value-added analysis provides teachers with this important information. Providing core teachers with classroom-level value-added reports and access to aligned professional development and resources will help them maximize their students’ learning.

Using value-added analysis, our teachers and schools will obtain valuable diagnostic information about the impact of their curriculum, instruction, programs, and practices on student achievement.

 

About Value-Added Reports

How can teachers make sure that their value-added reports will be accurate?
HISD is confident that the EVAAS® value-added methodology provides the most-accurate measures of students’ academic progress. This methodology is recognized as the most statistically rigorous model for calculating value-added analysis nationwide. The best way teachers can help make sure their data is accurate is to carefully complete the instructional linkage process via the ASPIRE Verification System. With these linkages, each student’s growth is weighted on the basis of the percentage of instructional time provided. The more instruction a teacher has provided to a student, the greater weight the student will have in the teacher’s value-added report.

How do student mobility rates affect value-added analysis?
Student mobility is handled by core teachers verifying a student’s entering and exiting month in their class rosters through the ASPIRE Verification System. A student who moved into and out of a classroom more than once can also be handled by claiming the percentage of that student’s instructional time for which the teacher was responsible. Students who were new to the district in the testing year and who have no prior assessment data from which to produce a baseline will not be part of a teacher’s or campus’s value-added analysis. 

 

Training and Professional Development

How will HISD connect value-added analysis to other educational-improvement efforts?
The ASPIRE model will help educators make the connection between value-added analysis and other data sources to identify strengths and weaknesses and focus educational-improvement strategies in the areas of greatest need.

What types of professional-development resources are available?
Principals, core foundation teachers, and other instructional- and support-staff members will have access to face-to-face instruction, online courses, and other support materials to help them understand and use their value-added reports to inform instruction.

Evaluation and Differentiated Compensation

Will value-added information be used to evaluate and/or compensate core teachers and other instructional- and support-staff members?
Value-added analysis provides a reliable measure of a teacher’s influence on student progress and is part of the criteria for the ASPIRE Award Program.
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