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Why Recommended Ways to Evaluate Teachers are So Often Wrong

Ben Spielberg | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Ben Spielberg

I've had many conversations with proponents of making VAM a defined percentage of teacher evaluations, and not a single one has been able to explain why their approach to VAM is better than an alternative approach that focuses on aspects of teaching practice.

Numbers Don't Lie, People Lie with the Numbers

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

About five years ago, I asked the head of my children's school how well standardized tests work. He responded with this question: How will you use the results?

How Does Vox Figure PARCC Tests Are 'Working'?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The vox.com piece is entitled, "Common Core Tests Are in Classrooms -- And They're Actually Working." That depends upon what one considers "working" to be.

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?

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...

Most Iconic Hollywood Costumes

Posted 10.17.2012 | Arts

London is getting a taste of Hollywood glamour this month, courtesy of the city's Victoria and Albert Museum. An upcoming exhibit titled "Hollywood Co...

Congolese Man Works to Repay His Giving Tree

Heather Box | Posted 06.26.2012 | Good News
Heather Box

Ephrem Bwishe has always had a special connection to trees. Since he was a child he has felt that trees were there to protect him.