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Value Added in CPS. What is value added?. A measure of the contribution of schooling to student performance Uses statistical techniques to isolate the impact of schooling from other factors Focuses on how much students improve from one year to the next. Demographic adjustments.

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what is value added
What is value added?
  • A measure of the contribution of schooling to student performance
  • Uses statistical techniques to isolate the impact of schooling from other factors
  • Focuses on how much students improve from one year to the next
demographic adjustments
Demographic adjustments
  • Value added makes adjustments for demographics of schools and classrooms
  • Adjustments determined by relationships between growth, student characteristics
  • Adjustments measure partial differences in growth across groups district-wide
some schools with low percent meet exceed are high value added schools in which students grow
Some schools with low percent meet/exceed are high value-added schools in which students grow
value added in many domains
Value added in many domains
  • Annual state assessments
    • Focus on year-to-year student improvement
  • Short-term assessments
    • Focus on short-term student improvement
    • Potentially faster turnaround
  • High school assessments
    • Explore/PLAN/ACT, for example
    • Focus on improvement in high school
value added in cps1
Value added in CPS
  • Based on ISAT for grades 3 through 8
  • Analyzes students’ ISAT scores, demographics, and schools attended
  • Schools and classrooms where students improve more (relative to similar students) identified as high value added
  • Extra ISAT points gained by students at a school/classroom on average relative to observably similar students across district
alternative understanding
Alternative understanding
  • Average student gain on ISAT relative to district average, with adjustments for:
    • Shape of the test scale (Prior ISAT score)
    • Grade level
    • Gender, mobility, free/reduced-price lunch, race/ethnicity, disability, language proficiency, homelessness, other-subject pretest
    • Enrollment in multiple schools or classrooms
regression model in english
Regression model (in English)







School and

Classroom Effects










student characteristics
Student characteristics
  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Free or reduced-price lunch
  • Language proficiency (by Access score)
  • Disability (by disability type)
  • Mobility
  • Homelessness
  • Other-subject pretest
why include student characteristics
Why include student characteristics?
  • One goal of value-added analysis is to be as fair as possible
  • We want to remove the effect of factors that were not caused by the school during the specific period we are evaluating
what do we want to evaluate
What do we want to evaluate?

Related to the school

Not related to the school

Value added reflects the

impact of these factors

These factors need to be measured and isolated

controlling for other factors
Controlling for other factors

Not related to the school

  • Students bring different resources to the classroom.
  • These factors can affect growth, so we want to remove the effects of these non-school factors.

These factors need to be measured and isolated

controlling for other factors1
Controlling for other factors
  • In order to include a characteristic in the model, we must have data on that characteristic for all students.
  • Some characteristics are harder to measure and collect than others.
  • The data that we do have available can tell us something about the effect of data we would like to have.
controlling for other factors2
Controlling for other factors
  • For example, we can use free or reduced-price lunch as a substitute for our ideal data about household finances in our calculations.
  • What we have
  • Free or reduced-price lunch
  • What we want
  • Household financial resources

Related data

adjustments are based on real data
Adjustments are based on real data
  • Why is it important that VARC uses student test scores to calculate adjustment factors?
    • We do not have a preconceived notion of which student subgroups will grow faster than others
    • We want to be as fair as possible when evaluating school performance
    • Student subgroups perform differently on each subject area from year-to-year
    • We want our adjustments to apply specifically to the situation we are evaluating
multiple regression
Multiple regression
  • Measures effects of each variable on posttest controlling for all other variables
    • Effect of pretest on posttest controls for student characteristics, schools
    • Effects of student characteristics on posttest control for pretest, schools
    • Effects of schools (value added) on posttest control for pretest, student characteristics
  • All effects measured simultaneously
  • Accounts for students changing schools and classrooms
  • Students enrolled in a school or classroom for a fraction of a year get a fractional “dose” of the school’s or classroom’s effect
  • Apportions student growth among schools and classrooms enrolled in the same year
pretest measurement error
Pretest measurement error
  • Pretest measures student attainment in previous year with measurement error
    • Models that ignore this will bias in favor of high-attainment schools and classrooms
  • Measurement error is accounted for in VA model to correctly account for pretest
    • Using approaches in Fuller (1987)
    • Ensures against bias
Models that correct for measurement error avoid biasing in favor of schools and classrooms with high initial scores
value added model
Value added model
  • All of these features ensure that value added reflects the results of schooling on student achievement
  • Value added uses the data available to measure the impact of schools and classrooms as accurately, fairly, and realistically as possible
work in progress
Work in progress
  • Classroom-level value added
    • Measures student growth within classrooms
  • Differential effects value added
    • Measures growth among students of a particular group (ELL, disability, etc.) in a school or classroom
  • Value added from other assessments
    • Scantron (short-term)
    • Explore/PLAN/ACT (high school)