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Value Added Teacher Evaluation

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?

Should Controversial Teacher Rankings Be Released To The Public?

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Mihir Zaveri | Posted 04.05.2012 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Mihir Zaveri The New York City Department of Education’s release earlier this year of teach...

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...

Tea Partiers and Teachers Unions Could Unite to Defend Local Control in Louisiana

Fred Bauer | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
Fred Bauer

In the days ahead, perhaps Louisiana will witness the unlikeliest of odd couples: teachers unions and Tea Partiers coming together to defend the tradition of local governance.

The Rational Middle

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Our national debate over evaluation lacks the courage and nuance of the real-life conversations I have with hardworking, rational teachers. Instead, the debate is dominated by polarizing sound bites that inspire fear, not rational discourse.

What Value Is Added by Publicly Shaming Teachers?

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Gregory Michie

We've already created a climate where good, hard-working educators feel justifiably discouraged and unjustly maligned. The irresponsible use of value-added models will only make things worse.

Confessions Of A 'Bad' Teacher

The New York Times | William Johnson | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education

I AM a special education teacher. My students have learning disabilities ranging from autism and attention-deficit disorder to cerebral palsy and emot...

New York Teacher Ratings Produce A Rallying Cry For The Union

The New York Times | Fernanda Santos | Posted 02.27.2012 | Education

In the days leading up to the release of ratings for thousands of New York City public-school teachers on Friday, hundreds of e-mails poured into the ...

Using Value-Added Data To Evaluate Tennessee Teachers

| Sarah Garland | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. It is the second in a series in a collaboration between The Hechinger Report and Memphis Comm...

Preschool Teacher Sells Chili to Make Ends Meet: Where Are Our Values?

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 04.07.2012 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Something is really wrong with this picture.

Moving Beyond the Value-Added Debate: A Teacher's Take

Teach Plus | Posted 04.04.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Unlike in the business world, where trade secrets, patents, and original ideas can mean the difference between profitable enterprises and those that fail, teachers around the country need to share our best practices.

The Evil Economics Of Judging Teachers

The Awl | Maria Bustillos | Posted 03.14.2012 | Education

The Times and a host of other publications heralded last week's new study extolling the lifelong money-earning benefits of having a good primary/middl...

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 War Over Teacher Evaluations Misses the Point

Teach Plus | Posted 02.21.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Making an impact for kids is the reason we joined this profession. A system that provides options and pathways to do exactly that is one that should excite any teacher.

Should Teacher Effectiveness Measurements Adjust For Poverty?

| Sarah Garland | Posted 01.22.2012 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. In Washington, D.C., one of the first places in the country to use value-added teacher r...

Does Publicly Naming Teachers Tied To Student Test Scores Undermine Reform?

Posted 01.14.2012 | Education

In a departure from recent efforts to publicly name teachers tied to the performance -- and projected performance -- of their students, a new report s...


Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 01.08.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How can any credible teacher education program that is constructed on the understandings and deep inquiry about the nature of children, the nature of teachers, and the nature of the teaching milieu continue to align with NCATE?

Complex New Florida Teacher Evaluations Tied To Student Test Scores

| Laura Isensee and Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 01.07.2012 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. At Coral Reef Senior High, calculus teacher Orlando Sarduy understands complicated formu...

Why Can't School "Reformers" Listen to Education Experts?

John Thompson | Posted 01.03.2012 | Education
John Thompson

This week's debate between Eric Hanushek and Diane Ravitch exemplifies the tendency of true believers in data-driven policies to refuse to communicate with educators.

Let's Blame All the Teachers!

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.27.2011 | DC
Patricia McGuire

For teachers who choose to devote their life's work to some of the most difficult classrooms in America, such as here in D.C., the testing imperative becomes a monumental disincentive to stay in the classroom for any length of time.

Liberating Inner City Teachers

John Thompson | Posted 12.23.2011 | Education
John Thompson

A truly brilliant idea for fixing America's inner city schools has come out of Washington. Kwame Brown seeks to recruit top teachers to low performing schools by freeing them for two or three years from the district's oppressive IMPACT evaluation system.

Report Offers Comprehensive Guide To Developing And Sustaining Teacher Evaluation Systems

Posted 12.04.2011 | Education

In time for Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's presentation of the Obama administration's reforms to teacher preparation programs last week, a new r...