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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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

LA Unified Adopts 'Value-Added' Approach To Teacher Ratings

latimes.com | 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...

Treating Doctors the Way We Treat Teachers (Part Two)

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
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 | Education
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 | Education
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 | Education
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.

Stop the Teacher Bashing Already!

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

And we must reject the educational policies that tie teachers' hands and force them to treat their students like raw material on a production line.

With Layoffs Looming, Should Teachers Be Let Go Based On Seniority?

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — A study of Washington state teachers has found that deciding layoffs based solely on which teachers have the least seniority has a sig...

New Program Rates Teachers By Student Performance; Info Available For Parents To See

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A new program in Los Angeles rates teachers based on the test scores of their students. Though many factors are considered in assessing student perfor...