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The Evil Economics Of Judging Teachers

The Awl | Maria Bustillos | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home

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 | Home

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...

Has Teacher Quality Really Declined Over Time?

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 02.06.2012 | Home
Matthew Di Carlo

Although the argument that "teacher quality" has declined substantially is sometimes taken for granted, its empirical backing is actually quite thin, and not as clear-cut as some might believe.

Should Value-Added Teacher Ratings Be Adjusted for Poverty?

Sarah Garland | Posted 01.22.2012 | Home
Sarah Garland

Are the best, most experienced D.C. teachers concentrated in the wealthiest schools, while the worst are concentrated in the poorest schools? Or does the statistical model ignore the possibility that it's more difficult to teach a room full of impoverished children?

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

Posted 01.14.2012 | Home

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

Complex New Florida Teacher Evaluations Tied To Student Test Scores

| Laura Isensee and Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home

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

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Denver School Performance Increases Slightly As Colorado Sees Flat Test Scores Overall | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.03.2011 | Home

Denver Public Schools officials say standardized testing results released Wednesday that show a small performance bump in middle school students are a...

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WATCH: Focus On Accountability In Schools Deemed Too Narrow | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.08.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- Education policies pushing more tests haven't necessarily led to more learning, according to a new National Research Council report. "W...

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Antonio Villaraigosa: Tough on Teacher Tenure | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.20.2011 | Home

School districts around the country are toughening standards for grading teachers. And if Antonio Villaraigosa has his way, Los Angeles could be next....

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How Should New York Measure Teachers? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.16.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- As different states seek their own methods for evaluating a profession whose job security has long been determined by experience rather th...

LA Unified Adopts 'Value-Added' Approach To Teacher Ratings | Jason Song and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.13.2011 | Los Angeles

In a dramatic turn for the country's second-largest school district, Los Angeles Unified released school ratings based on a new approach that measures...

It's Time to Vet the VAT As a Solution to America's Staggering Debt

Deborah Szekely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Deborah Szekely

A national value-added tax would keep Americans more attentive to government spending, and it would send a signal to the world that we are serious about deficit spending and debt reduction.

Money Talks -- Too Much!

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Steve Nelson

The Gates group's approach to educational reform is nearly guaranteed to kill whatever good remnants of teaching and learning remain in America's beleaguered schools.

The L.A. Times Stands Behind Incorrect Teacher Ratings

Kevin Welner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kevin Welner

The L.A. Times has not been simply reporting on teacher evaluations or ratings. It has been creating them and publicizing them.

Treating Doctors the Way We Treat Teachers (Part Two)

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shaun Johnson

In order for the United States to remain economically competitive and "win our future," so to speak, we must ensure that we have and maintain a healthy workforce.

Calculating Value: How To Rate Teachers For Teaching Effectively

John Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Rogers

Colorado researchers concluded that the Los Angeles Times' method does not reliably identify the teachers who add value to student test scores.

Five Bold Ideas For TFA's Next 20 Years

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alexander Russo

Here are five completely unsolicited ideas for TFA's next 20 years, on the occasion of its first, written while on the Bolt Bus from New York City to Washington, D.C. for the weekend celebration.

Why I Don't Trust Education Research

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alan Gottlieb

Staring a sentence with the words "research shows" is aimed at sticking a dagger in the heart of an opponent's argument. Increasingly, though, I am finding reasons not to trust education research.

Teachers Need to Take Control of Their Professional Lives

Nancy Pine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Pine

For teachers it is a rude awakening to find that after decades of confidential evaluations, parts of them are going public, fast.

Teachers Want Evaluations

Grace Snodgrass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Grace Snodgrass

One day soon, my name and performance evaluation could be printed in your morning newspaper. It will tell you that I'm a teacher who has clear strengths and weaknesses.

Value-Added Measures vs. the Love for Learning

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Timothy D. Slekar

Our children are being denied quality learning experiences and our teachers are forced to treat children as possible test scores. The future of teaching and learning in our public schools is in danger.

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

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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.

How About a Measures of Effective Reporting Project?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sabrina Stevens

If major news outlets feel it is all right to publish previously confidential (and highly flawed) data about teachers, perhaps its time for teachers to launch our own project.

Guest Column: Obama on Education -- A-Plus Values, F-Minus Policies

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Weigant

Roughly once a year or so, I turn this column space over to a guest author. This usually happens when a point of view is presented to me either in pu...

Michelle Rhee: School Reform Savior or Political Opportunist?

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brock Cohen

If Michelle Rhee were to walk into my classroom, my guess is she'd probably jump out of her skin with angst and fury at the dearth of Scantron sheets, multiple choice test prep packets, and #2 pencils.