Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Policy and Management (PPM)


Public Policy and Management

First Advisor

Josephine LaPlante


No Child Left Behind, student proficiency, Muskie School of Public Service


This study focuses on the model developed for funding purposes since it is a high stake identification and has been the consistent method used for funding purposes within the state for at least the last ten years. The purpose of this study is to explore identification of higher performing Maine middle schools (grade 6 – grade 8) using student longitudinal data in a growth model evaluating growth versus the current value-added model of identification.



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