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Uses and abuses of data in professional development

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Data and class - Nancy Love

Posted by: Mike Howard
Posted on: May 04, 2002 at 10:52 AM
High stakes testing, if indiscriminately used, can certainly penalize schools whose students are starting from a less-advantaged position. But one of the encouraging features of the No Child Left Behind legislation is its requirement that schools and districts disaggregate their assessment results and examine progress over time of subgroups that have shown differential performance. So many local analyses have focused on progress of the whole student group, conveniently masking the lack of commensuate progress of the lower-performing subgroups. Is the gap closing? This disaggregation requirement as part of the high-stakes testing should bring the issue of serving all kids into the light.

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