What is learning growth, and how is it estimated?

‘Learning growth’ is the amount of academic progress a student achieves over a period of time, usually a year.  We measure learning growth by estimating ‘effect sizes’. The effect size, in turn, is a quantitative measure of the strength or impact of an intervention or phenomenon.  Recent research evidence suggests that schools should focus on effect sizes as opposed to test scores; that is, the focus should be on the amount of learning achieved by students rather than in their results.  Therefore, it is vital that schools estimate learning growth so they can measure the impact of educational interventions on their students.

Analytics for Schools estimate effect sizes on behalf of schools using data from different standardized tests including Naplan, OnDemand, PAT testing, and Allwell,  then make the results available to teachers so they can evaluate the success of their interventions and plan accordingly.