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Value Added Assessment

Hey, Hey, Cuomo, Your Education Plan Has Got to Go

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

What is Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan? He offers increased funding, but only if his reforms on teacher evaluation and so-called merit pay are also adopted. But the reality is that using students' results on standardized tests to measure the effectiveness of teachers -- also known as Value Added Assessment (VAM) -- is simply not supported by research on the matter.

Beware the Gremlins in "Teacher Value Added" Models!

Philip C. Williams | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
Philip C. Williams

A number of seriously flawed prototypes are already being used to evaluate schools, individual teachers, and even teacher preparation programs -- sometimes with career-ending consequences.

Publishing Teacher Effectiveness Rankings Draws More Criticism

| Louis Freedberg | Posted 06.02.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of California's EdSource Extra. The release last month of "value-added" rankings of New York City teachers based on...

New York Publicly Releases Individual Teacher Ratings Amid Controversy

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education

The New York City Department of Education released today a list of individual ratings of thousands of the city's schoolteachers, a move that concludes...

Gates Foundation Report: Teachers Should Be Graded On Three Criteria

Posted 01.06.2012 | Education

As teacher evaluations are becoming more prevalent in schools across the country amid a growing debate on how best to grade teachers, a new report out...

The Education Reformers' End Game

Marc Epstein | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

In short, how do you finance and maintain a bureaucracy that actually has to deal with the nuts and bolts of educating hundreds of thousands of kids when everyone is on their own?

A Poison Pill From Albany Just for Experienced Teachers

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

The entire bill annoys me but there are several provisions that are particularly annoying, in fact, not just illogical, but mean spirited. So let's all pull up a chair and let's examine it.

Students Graded on Their Body Mass Index: a Scale as Arbitrary as Some Value-Added Teacher Scores

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

In a world of high-stakes measures, this one really takes the cake. Until this week, an elementary school has been using students' Body Mass Index measurements as part of their physical fitness grades.

Where Is The Value In Value-Added Rankings Of Our Nation's Teachers?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

"Value-added" rankings have been a buzz word among educators since "Race to the Top", began promising funds to school systems that adapt to certain r...