USC Professor Urges New Definition of Student Achievement

Summary:  Morgan Polikoff, an associate professor at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, is calling on the federal government to stop measuring student achievement based on the percentage of students who score as proficient on standardized tests.

Source:  Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, July 19, 2016

Categories:  Standardized Testing, Student Achievement


In a letter to the federal government during a comment period about ESSA regulations, Polikoff recommends averaging test takers’ scores so students at all ends of the proficiency spectrum contribute to the outcome equally based on overall improvement.

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