VAM (value-added measurement) is new to the scene, but as you know has been debunked for its unreliability and probably lack of validity by many others.
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March 21, 2013
March 19, 2013
While citing a litany of potential flaws in testing, the opponents of teacher and school accountability often create a straw man that bears little relationship to the real policy discussion.
March 12, 2013
Imagine 2,000 questions for 4th grade math that cover the entire scope of appropriate material from basic to advanced topics.
March 07, 2013
No amount of data can ultimately answer the questions we want to ask.
March 05, 2013
I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.
March 01, 2013
How we conduct 12 or more years of our children's education is surely a sensitive topic, and hardly a trivial matter.
February 07, 2013
Does that mean that a school should refuse to participate in district-sponsored awards? I don't know. Maybe that dilemma offers a teachable moment.
February 05, 2013
Should the staff nominate one of its members annually for "best teacher" awards the Boston public schools give out? Should we nominate a student for similar recognition?
January 17, 2013
I keep pounding away at this issue because I agree with you: It's not enough to criticize without offering alternatives.
December 06, 2012
I'd like to explore how parents, students, communities, and school staff can be decisionmakers, while sorting how the critical "who decides what" issues.