I came into education assuming that our task was and always had been to produce a learned, thoughtful, and tenacious "ruling class."
March 2013 Archives
Certainly overall salaries of teachers are held down by the failure to recognize that some teachers are more effective than others.
No playing with refined statistics can make flawed data less so.
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.
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.
Whether scores rise or fall wouldn't influence me because I think they are phony measures.
Imagine 2,000 questions for 4th grade math that cover the entire scope of appropriate material from basic to advanced topics.
No amount of data can ultimately answer the questions we want to ask.
I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.
How we conduct 12 or more years of our children's education is surely a sensitive topic, and hardly a trivial matter.