Since 2005, the Education Consumers Foundation has collected and analyzed value-added data from the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment system (TVAAS), the most sophisticated value-added system in the country. The Foundation has used that data to identify…Read more →
The success of Tennessee’s educational reforms have depended to a large extent on the easy public availability of credible and understandable school performance statistics, i.e., TVAAS, TCAP, and third-grade reading proficiency.
A key to impact of those statistics has been the interactive charts, maps, and graphics pioneered by the Education Consumers Foundation. Teaching and learning outcomes once known only to educators are now available online in easy-to-understand graphics.
In principle, school leaders have always been accountable the public. Today, however, there is a much greater practical reality to that principle and an awareness of accountability on the part of education leaders. Local parents, taxpayers and officials can track local school performance for themselves—without the cooperation or assistance of their school district.
Shown below is a sampling of the data and the graphics developed by ECF that has made that level of public accountability possible in Tennessee. It is a package graphic tools that can be expanded to most states.
As has been demonstrated in many studies, student achievement gains are unrelated to spending. The present graphic displays 2011 data from Tennessee.Read more →