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Debunking the Fairy Tale of School Reform

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brock Cohen

Recently, I attempted to unpack the media-augmented narrative -- and national hot button issue du jour -- of public education reform within the context of a fairy tale.

LA School Board Presses Ahead With 'Value-Added' Teacher Evaluations

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The national debate over "value-added" teacher ratings has found an especially contentious battleground in Los Angeles. Over the summer, Los Angeles ...

No Leeches Left Behind

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

"Value-added" evaluations, or judging teachers by scores of their students, is highly questionable. Day by day, it appears as dubious as bloodletting.

Do Teacher Ratings Matter to Parents?

Beth Fertig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Beth Fertig

I spoke with a handful of New York public school parents and while my survey was very small (fewer than 10 individuals) the responses weren't surprising.

Joel Klein Pushes For Controversial NY Teacher Ratings To Be Released

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The battle over teacher effectiveness data rages on in New York City, where the United Federation of Teachers is currently embroiled in a court battle...

Debate Over Value-Added Teacher Ratings Hits New York City

Liz Willen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Liz Willen

Regardless of what the court decides on November 24, the idea of holding teachers accountable for student performance seems here to stay.

The Ultimate Measure of a Teacher?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sabrina Stevens

As I think about what made my teachers great I notice that for almost all of us, what resonates with us are how those teachers made us feel -- more confident, more capable, inspired or loved -- and the life lessons and values they taught us.

What Passes for School Reform: "Value-Added" Teacher Evaluation and Other Absurdities

Alfie Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alfie Kohn

Does the value-added model provide valid and reliable information about teachers (and schools)? Most experts in the field of educational assessment say, Good heavens, no.

Value-Added Misses the Mark - And the Point

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

In the span of time it's taken the LA Times to publish what amounted to a three-part love letter, Value-Added has gone from experimental evaluation metric to union-busting public education panacea.

Why the Controversy Over High-Stakes Testing and Teacher Evals Matters

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Arne Duncan tied California's failure to secure $700 million in federal Race to the Top funding in part to the fact that LAUSD does not use standardized test scores as a factor in teacher review and evaluation.

Value Added is No Magic: Assessing Teacher Effectiveness

John Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Rogers

I worry about a flood of unintended consequences if the Los Angeles Times moves forward with its plans to publish the teacher effectiveness rankings of 6,000 elementary school teachers.

The Real-Life Values Behind the LA Times Value-Added Teacher Controversy

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Unfortunately, the data available to the LA Times reflects only teacher performance as it relates to standardized test scores and not to the development of social and emotional competencies.

A More Punitive NCLB, but With a Nicer Name?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

Nothing here is likely to achieve the goals that the administration supposedly has to attract experienced, quality teachers to work in our lowest performing schools; in fact, they would be likely to leave in droves.

The Battle Over Sliced Apples: New York Senators Gillibrand and Aubertine Take Secretary Vilsack to Task on School Food

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

No, Gillibrand and Aubertine aren't lobbying for the Corn Refiners Association -- they are pushing for local food.