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Value-Added Measures for School Improvement

Sandra Mahar
Research Manager Education Policy and Research Division, Office for Policy, Research and Innovation, DEECD Victoria

The term ‘value-added’ can be used to describe the additional value or contribution a school makes to the learning outcomes of students. Value-added measures aim to adjust student scores to cancel out non-school influences, such as a student’s background and prior attainments, to provide a more accurate indication of the influence the school has had on their students. A new research report, Value-Added Measures for School Improvement, has been prepared by the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Victoria. The report discusses the concept of ‘value added’ measures and shares recent international research on various models being adopted.


Subject Headings

Educational planning
Educational evaluation