We Don't Need No Stinking Growth Model

According to Education Week, eight of the 20 states that applied to be growth model states have been preliminarily approved.  Illinois is not among them. 

"Eight states have made the first cut to qualify for a pilot program
that would let them use so-called growth models to judge whether
schools and districts meet their performance targets under the federal
No Child Left Behind Act."  (Eight
States Advance in Bid to Use NCLB Growth Models
EdWeek).

"The states, chosen from 20 that applied for the pilot
program, are Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, North
Carolina, Oregon, and Tennessee. The U.S. Department of Education
announced the names of the states on its Web site at noon on March 31,
and said it planned to post the states growth-model proposals later in
the day."

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