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Fall to spring or fall to fall as a measure of progress?
What are your thoughts out there in terms of juding growth? My former school district used to measure yearly growth by examining fall to fall scores. I believe this is absurd because I along with my students, am being judged for an amount of time (the summer) in which I had no control of external influences of knowledge retention. The reasoning we were given was, "If you've instructed the students using the best practices, they'll retain the information." For a incentive based pay program, I also thought this line of though was way out of line.
Perhaps I'm overlooking something, but I feel it makes the most sense to examine fall to spring growth.
What are your thoughts?