What is

Value-Added Learning

Value-added learning is a method of evaluation that analyzes an individual teacher’s contribution to a student’s education by comparing the current test scores of their students to the scores of those same students in prior academic years, as well as to the scores of other students at different schools in the same grade. This method isolates the contribution that the teacher has made as a way of gauging how effective they are as an educator.

In value-added learning, researchers conduct predictive analysis on a student’s past test scores, assuming that students generally score similarly each year as they have in past years. The difference between predicted and actual scores, if any, is assumed to be due to the quality of education provided by the individual teacher and the school, rather than to the student’s natural ability or socioeconomic circumstances.