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Real Student Growth Measure Needed to Accurately Calculate Achievement in Texas

08.10.12
Real Student Growth Measure Needed to Accurately Calculate Achievement in Texas

(Austin, Texas)  TCSA Executive Director David Dunn today issued the following statement regarding the recent release of Adequate Yearly Progress results for public schools in Texas.

“A real student growth measure is needed to accurately calculate achievement in Texas,” said David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association. “Public charter schools are up to meeting the challenge of our various missions including college prep and dropout recovery, and with accurate measurement, the numbers will completely reflect the success in the lives of our students.”

“No Child Left Behind was never about labels, but about not letting any student fall through the cracks. An accurate measure of student achievement helps teachers and parents know where students are learning and achieving and where they need assistance. No Child Left Behind should have been reauthorized and changed in 2007 to reflect all that educators and policymakers had learned about standards and accountability. Instead, it is now 2012, and we are left with a system that does not accurately measure the progress and success of our students, and the hard work of Texas teachers.”

“The Texas Charter Schools Association will continue our call in the 83rd Legislative Session for adoption of an accurate measure of individual student growth over time, which will be useful for all public schools, including charter schools.”