Value-Added Analysis

Informing Instruction, Improving Teacher Effectiveness and Increasing Opportunities for Student Success

Transforming the Tulsa Public Schools' (TPS) education system demands that every school has a principal who is empowered with the skills, knowledge and information to lead effectively, and every classroom has an effective and caring teacher. At TPS, we know, and the research tells us, that having an effective teacher in every classroom is the most important school-based factor to escalate student academic achievement. As part of TPS's 2010−2015 Strategic Plan's Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Initiative, the district has selected a growth measure—value-added analysis—to help increase opportunities for student success.

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What is value-added analysis?

Value-added reporting is a statistical method that measures the impact our schools and teachers have on student achievement from year to year, separate and apart from other factors that influence student success. Using this growth metric, TPS teachers and schools can begin interpreting the impact of their curriculum, instruction, programs and practices on student achievement. As no single measure tells "the whole story," value-added data, although robust, will be used in combination with other data sources.

What is the value of value-added analysis

Value-added information allows educators to better identify what is working well and areas for improvement to help students. To gain an overall snapshot of performance, TPS will measure the academic growth and achievement of students from year-to-year. Value-added data provides important diagnostic information not previously available with traditional achievement reporting and allows educators to assess the impact their programs and practices have on student learning.

While the metric is not perfect or a magic bullet, value-added analysis provides crucial information that districts have never had before. With value-added analysis, TPS will be able to:

  • Measure educators' influence on academic growth rates of students;
  • Target instruction on students' needs to provide educators feedback on what's working and areas of focus;
  • Determine where curriculum and instruction is having the greatest impact on student learning;
  • Inform instruction; and
  • Understand and evaluate the effectiveness of programs.

In summary…

Tulsa Public Schools is committed to preparing student to graduate on time, college- and career-ready. Through stakeholder engagement, professional learning and development, and regular communications, TPS is supporting a system of effective teachers focused on high performance and accountability for academic success.

No single measure tells the "whole story," but value-added information sheds light on a critical part of the story. That is, the degree to which educators are maximizing growth for the students they serve.

Everyone plays a role. In addition to teachers, TPS will be engaging the entire school community—students, principals, guidance counselors, superintendents, school board members, community members, business leaders, legislators, higher education leaders and others—to help them understand why measuring both academic growth and achievement is so important to provide the best and most relevant educational experience possible for all students.