Milestones, aligned with the Common Core, will replace CRCT and EOCT starting this year. How will this affect teacher evaluations? The GaDOE responds.
By The Georgia Department of Education
For teachers of the tested grades and content areas – those who teach students in the grades and courses assessed by the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System – teacher evaluations will include student growth as a component. For those teachers, student growth will be based on the Student Growth Percentile (SGP), which depicts how much the student grew relative to his/her academic peers. Academic peers are other students from across the state who have a similar achievement history (i.e., prior scores).
A unique feature of SGPs is that they may be calculated when there is a change in a testing program. Growth will be based on how students across the state transition to the new assessment system from the CRCT or EOCT. So, an individual student’s growth on the Georgia Milestones will reflect how he or she grew relative to other students across Georgia who had the same achievement on previous CRCT and EOCT tests. It is not the change in scale scores from the old test to the new test (SGPs are not a gain score model).
Importantly, growth contributes to each teacher’s effectiveness measure, rather than proficiency rates. All students – regardless of their prior achievement level – have the opportunity to demonstrate all levels of growth; and growth is agnostic to where the proficiency cuts are located on the assessment scale. For teachers of tested grades and content areas – the average growth (SGP) of their students will factor into their evaluations; there is no requirement that 90 percent of students much pass and 50 percent must exceed anything.
It is important to note that while the state does require districts to notify teachers about their evaluation, the state does not require that teachers sign anything. This was, perhaps, a local district policy. Further, in calculating the SGPs for the tested grades and content areas, there is no requirement that 90 percent of students must pass and 50 percent must exceed.