April 2014 Archives

What's driving teachers out of classrooms? Are current policy efforts hurting or helping?

Are current policy efforts strengthening the teacher corps or driving good teachers out?

Are standardized test scores too narrow? Are they objective? Do they measure what we value?

Continuing our discussion about standardized tests, we sort through the uses and abuses of the "value-added" model in teacher evaluation.

We agree that assessment is most useful when it can inform instructional practice. Beyond that, however, we have lots of disagreements.

Our aim in this dialogue is to move beyond the rhetoric (and counter- rhetoric) in an effort to restore some common ground for improving our schools.


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