Arizona considers new method for measuring school performance

Education officials in Arizona are considering a plan to change the way they measure the success of a school, switching from a system that looks at the year-to-year test-score gains of a whole school. Instead, the year-to-year improvement of individuals' scores would be measured -- a "value-added" tactic that some say better measures academic growth. The new system -- which could also be used to determine teacher pay and retention -- will be tested in 2010 alongside the existing system.

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