Schools struggle to sustain one-year gains in test scores

12/6/2009 | Washington Post, The

Studies show that many low-performing schools that make significant one-year gains in test scores struggle to build on their successes. Seven schools in Washington, D.C., posted academic gains in reading and math of 20 percentage points or more in 2008, but just one improved achievement in 2009. While changes in school leadership and policy can make it difficult for schools to sustain progress, smaller schools with smaller sample sizes may be subject to substantial swings in scores.

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