Explore a step-by-step guide to transforming student learning with value-added analysis.
Written by Kate Kennedy, Mary Peters, and Mike Thomas, this book provides a field-tested cycle for using value-added information to increase student learning in the classroom and schoolwide. This cycle consists of five steps:
- Jump into value-added
- Assess results to determine strengths and challenges
- Identify root causes
- Produce an improvement plan
- Take action, monitor, and adjust
About the Authors
Kate Kennedy, as a school improvement specialist with Battelle for Kids, helped teachers and leaders to better use and understand their value-added information. She also designed and led professional learning experiences based on formative instructional practices. Kate is currently a sixth-grade teacher in Worthington City Schools (Ohio).
Mary Peters is a senior director at Battelle for Kids and lifelong advocate for all children to have equitable opportunities to a high-quality education. She has worked at the classroom, district, college, and state levels. Mary is an expert on special education, data, and value-added analysis, and led a state-wide rollout of value-added analysis in Ohio.
Mike Thomas is a senior director at Battelle for Kids. In this role, he has designed tools and delivered professional development to build the capacity of teachers and administrators across the country. Over the past eight years, Mike has conducted workshops and assembled focus groups of high value-added teachers and principals to better understand what constitutes effective practice.