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March 28, 2013

The 'Widget Effect' Endures: Teachers Still Rated High

A recent Education Sector report does a deep dive into school evaluation systems in Washington, finding that nearly every school in the state failed to differentiate between effective and ineffective teachers and principals.

March 22, 2013

Value-Added Testing Now Ruining County Fairs?

So I bet you never stopped to consider the effects of teacher-evaluation reform on county fairs. I can't say that we have, either, but apparently this has become a not insignificant matter in the town of Carrington, Ohio.

February 20, 2013

Can Value-Added Models Handle the Transition to the Common Core?

Sociologist Aaron M. Pallas says that we may soon begin seeing wide descrepencies in student test scores across districts as a result of the Common Core State Standards.

January 28, 2013

Principal's Value-Added Score Oops

A Florida middle school principal accidentally emailed her teachers' evaluation scores to the entire school staff--value-added measures and all.

December 13, 2012

Tackling Special Education Teacher Evaluation

For several years now, teacher evaluation has dominated education-policy discussions--but for the most part, the country's 430,000 special education teachers have been left out of the discussion.

December 03, 2012

Details Hazy on L.A. Teacher-Evaluation Pact

The Los Angeles school district and the city's teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement about the conditions of a new teacher evaluation system, putting an end to months of court-ordered bargaining.

November 27, 2012

Take It From Tennessee: Lessons on Teacher Evaluation

At a session on teacher effectiveness at yesterday's Excellence in Action National Summit in Washington, Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman offered some lessons learned for legislators and state leaders looking to implement revised teacher-evaluation systems. The information he presented...

March 09, 2012

TFA's Kopp Denounces the Teacher 'Blame Game'

Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp caused some buzz (what else is new?) by writing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal condemning the public release of teachers' value-added scores in New York City. She writes: So-called value-added rankings—which rank teachers according to the recorded grow...

March 07, 2012

When Value-Added Scores Don't Make Sense ...

In a July 2011 blog post, I pointed out that the D.C. public school system was using test scores from 100 schools still under investigation for cheating to calculate value-added scores that would eventually be incorporated into teacher evaluations. So some D.C. teachers were at risk of having studen...

March 05, 2012

An 'Unsatisfactory' Teacher Speaks Out

A Brooklyn special education teacher published an op-ed in The New York Times this weekend outing himself as a "bad" teacher, as defined by his district-mandated evaluation. The author, William Johnson, whose students have a wide variety of disabilities, recalls the observation that earned him the...

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