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PRESS RELEASE

April 4, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Florida's AYP "Growth Model" Proposal One of Eight Advancing to Peer Review

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced Florida's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) "growth model" proposal is among eight of 13 state applications to advance past initial U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) staff review to the formal peer review process. The growth model includes student learning gains in the calculation that determines whether or not schools have made AYP under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Following the peer review, the U.S. DOE will make its final selection of states to pilot programs based on a growth model.

"We are very pleased to have been selected to move forward in this important process," said Commissioner Winn. "Florida is uniquely positioned to successfully implement a growth model pilot because we have a comprehensive data system that enables us to follow the progress of individual students. I look forward to the final decision of the U.S. DOE and commend Secretary Spellings' efforts to incorporate the individual academic progress each student has made when calculating AYP."

Following states' submissions of growth model proposals in February, U.S. DOE staff conducted an initial review to determine eligibility, including examining how well states are implementing the basic principles of NCLB. States that met the minimum eligibility requirements (e.g., grades 3-8 assessment system in place since at least 2004-05, an assessment and data system that tracks student progress) — Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee — advanced to peer review.

The purpose of the peer review is to ensure the states accepted into the pilot have technically sound growth models, a high probability of success in incorporating measures of student growth into school accountability systems and models that are consistent with the principles of NCLB.

The peer review consists of a panel of nationally recognized experts who will review and make recommendations on states' growth model proposals. These experts will examine and discuss each state's proposal leading to the development of a consensus document that explains why a state's proposal is recommended for approval. These recommendations are due to U.S. DOE Secretary Spellings by May. Using this information, Secretary Spellings will decide which states to approve for the growth model pilot.

Participating in the peer review are:

  • Dr. Eric Hanushek, Stanford University
  • Dr. Chris Schatschneider, Florida State University
  • Dr. David Francis, University of Houston
  • Dr. Margaret Goertz, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kati Haycock, The Education Trust
  • William Taylor, Citizens Commission on Civil Rights
  • Sharon Lewis, Council of Great City Schools (retired)
  • Dr. Robert Mendro, Dallas Independent School District
  • Dr. Jeff Nellhaus, Massachusetts Department of Education
  • Dr. Mitchell Chester, Ohio Department of Education

For more information on the U.S. DOE NCLB Growth Model Pilot, visit
http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/growthmodel/index.html.
For more information about Florida's growth model submission, visit
http://www.fldoe.org/news/2006/2006_02_17.asp.