Value-Added Models for the Pittsburgh Public Schools

Publisher: Cambridge, MA: Mathematica Policy Research
Feb 28, 2012
Matthew Johnson, Stephen Lipscomb, Brian Gill, Kevin Booker, and Julie Bruch
This report describes the value-added models (VAMs) created for the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers. Pittsburgh's VAMs use not only state assessments but also course-specific assessments, student attendance, and course completion rates, aiming to produce estimates of the contributions of teachers and schools that are fair, valid, reliable, and robust.