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Recommendation, Development of a Growth Model - Legislative Report

Report to the Legislature: Recommendation on the Development of a Growth Model as Required by Education Code Section 52052.5(d).
California Department of Education
Report to the Governor and Legislature:

Recommendation on the Development of a Growth Model
as Required by Education Code Section 52052.5(d)
Executive Summary

This report is required by California Education Code (EC) Section 52052.5(d) that states the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) and the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA) Advisory Committee, shall make recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor on the establishment of an individual academic performance growth model by utilizing individual pupil results from a longitudinally valid achievement assessment system. These recommendations are due to the Legislature and the Governor by July 1, 2013.

When the Academic Performance Index (API) was designed in 1999, it did not include a student growth component. At the time, the California Department of Education (CDE) did not have the capacity to link the test results of individual students across years. In addition, the testing system was not designed to provide growth scores to students. Although the CDE now has the ability to link student scores from one year to the next through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, neither the 1999 state standards nor the current assessment system (Standardized Testing and Reporting) provide a clear vertical articulation from grade to grade.

In 2003, EC Section 52052.5(d) required the PSAA Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the SSPI on the "appropriateness and feasibility of a methodology for generating a measurement of academic performance" based on individual student results.

This report recommends that implementation of a growth model be delayed until the statewide assessment system is reauthorized and new assessments based on the Common Core State Standards are fully implemented.

If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Jenny Singh, Administrator, Academic Accountability Unit, by phone at 916-319-0437 or by e-mail at

You can find this report at the CDE API Web page. If you need a copy of this report, please contact Betty Miura, Research Analyst, Academic Accountability Unit, by phone at 916-319-0863 or by e-mail at

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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