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Value Added Teacher Evaluation

Stupidity and Value-Added Models

Gregory Michie | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Gregory Michie

There's no convincing research to show that value-added models have done anything to help teachers improve or kids learn, and growing evidence shows them to be wildly inaccurate and erratic.

Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 10.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 05.16.2014 | New York
Nicholas Tampio

Politicians cannot make the Common Core problem disappear with smoke and mirrors. Sooner or later, most people will admit that the Common Core experiment has failed. Why wait?

Tennessee Teachers Demand Change In Evaluation Process

AP | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ra...

Why Are Parents Revolting Against the Common Core? Start With the English Curriculum

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

The Common Core ELA curriculum does not treat teachers or students with dignity. Lest you think that teachers can afford to ignore the modules, consider this fact. The Race to the Top program requires states to use value added modeling in teacher evaluations.

Teaching and Learning Over Testing

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Will the powers-that-be continue to be more concerned with creating a testing and data system that ranks and sorts schools and educators, in the quest for the perfect industrial algorithm to judge teachers, students and schools? Or will they look at the evidence and join educators, students and parents in fighting to reclaim the promise of public education?

NEA, AFT, Common Core, and VAM

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I have been told that "the unions" are the major forces on the side of classroom teachers in this fight against the corporate takeover of American public education. I want that to be true -- but I cannot ignore what I am seeing.

An Armchair Dad Questions Arne Duncan

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Texas hasn't gone soft. As a parent of two sons in public school, I can vouch that we all still want our kids to get good grades so they can go to good colleges. But the tests, which were promised to bring improvements, are increasingly impediments to education.

Can the Education Trust and Teachers Work Together?

John Thompson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

If we can make the transition to higher standards without the omnipresent testing stick, perhaps the Education Trust and teachers could bury the hatchet, build on our areas of agreement and focus on better ways of achieving equity and offering engaging and authentic instruction to all.

Are Public Schools Headed for a Wall Street-style Crash?

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a... Teacher?

James Harrell | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
James Harrell

Teachers are not superheroes, caped crusaders, or some type of knight in shining armor. If we ever want to create sustainability in the education profession and create meaningful reform, America needs to start creating education policy for humans and stop chasing this superhero chimera.

Common Core State Standards: Get It Right

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dennis Van Roekel

When kids first learn to cross the street, we tell them to stop, look both ways and assess the traffic before they proceed. Similarly, when it comes to decisions affecting the education of millions of our nation's public school students, we should exercise the same common sense.

Districts Face Roadblocks In Developing Teacher Evaluations

| Jackie Mader | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. School districts around the country are facing obstacles as they attemp...

Florida Education Department Retracts Botched Teacher Evaluations

Posted 02.05.2013 | Education

Florida's Department of Education released the first results of a sweeping new teacher evaluation system Wednesday morning that sought to provide more...

South Carolina Teachers Question How They'll Be Graded

Florence Morning News, S.C. | Ellen Meder | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education

FLORENCE, S.C. -- State education superintendent Dr. Mick Zais could be facing a potentially angry mob of teachers Thursday night at a Florence meetin...

A Primer for Non-Education Writers

John Thompson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education
John Thompson

Education beat writers demonstrate the same excellence as other journalists. The problem is Op Ed columnists and other writers who seem to know no more about schools than what they hear at cocktail parties.

Teacher Evaluation Systems Not Fully Supported In Many States

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

A recent report out of the Center for American Progress examines the state of teacher evaluation reform in six early adopter states, including Colorad...

Pennsylvania Teacher Evaluations Will Be Tied To Schools' Test Scores

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Eleanor Chute | Posted 12.29.2012 | Education

When the new statewide teacher evaluation system takes effect next fall, teachers will be judged not only on how they do in their own classrooms but o...

Study Examines Impact Principals Have On Student Achievement

Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

It's indisputable that great teachers lead to successful students, as the presidential candidates have touted, but what about students' connection to ...

LA Times Takes On The LAUSD

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 12.19.2012 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Times has asked a judge to order the Los Angeles Unified School District to release records that would allow the newspaper to update i...

Report: Teacher Evaluation 'Binge' Has Unforeseen Consequences

Posted 09.28.2012 | Education

With No Child Left Behind waiver applications and related legislation ushering in new teacher evaluation systems in upwards of 20 states, a report out...

Opt Out Chronicles: Anti-Testing Nut

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

Last March I went to my local school board to voice my concerns about the announcement that my home state of Pennsylvania planned on using student tes...

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.

Does Bill Gates Owe Arne Duncan an Apology -- or Not?

John Thompson | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
John Thompson

The challenge of Common Core would have always been daunting. It now must be done on the cheap, however, after billions of dollars have been squandered on Duncan's bubble-in "reforms."

What Do Teachers Need? R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Tom Allon | Posted 06.16.2012 | Education
Tom Allon

How did we get to a place in this country where our teaching force of more than three million professionals is being made the scapegoat for all the ills of an educational system that has been in decline for more than five decades?