Should I look at Fall-Spring or Spring-Spring growth to determine if students have met ideal growth?
What if students meet Fall-Spring goals but not Spring-Spring, etc.?
If your focus is on impact and learning during the school year, you will want to prioritize fall-to-spring growth. if you examine other growth terms, such as spring-to-spring, you are including the summer break, where you have no/little impact on student learning (unless there was participation in a structured summer learning experience. For growth periods that span the summer, you also need to consider the impact of changing the assessment, such as the K-2 in a prior year vs 2-5 in a current year.
As Melissa stated earlier Fall to Spring data will more accurately show growth for a student over one year. The question is if you are interested in a single years growth or a students growth overall. Most student experience a summer slide. Spring to Spring data can be used to help measure students true growth over time. For example: If a student's fall RIT score is 150, by spring they grow to a 175, that student has shown growth that year. Over the summer that same student slides back down to a 150. This student then grows back up to a 175 in the spring of the following year. The student has shown growth both years individually but overall the student is still in the same place he was in the beginning.
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