A Guide to Understanding and Selecting Measures of Growth for Smarter Balanced Members

This paper helps policymakers understand a number of characteristics of the array of existing student growth measures. It also aids assessment policymakers in selecting a growth measure by situating the decision within a theory of action to identify the intended uses and interpretations of a growth measure. Finally, it identifies additional characteristics of existing growth measures to help assessment policy makers understand the costs and benefits of selecting any particular growth model.