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November 30, 2010

Hot Story: Gates, Ravitch, Seniority Pay, and Lawn Mowers

In his latest column, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter highlights—quite uncritically—Bill Gates' campaign to curb teacher seniority pay, which appears to offend the Microsoft founder's business sense: "Is there any other part of of the economy where someone says, 'Hey, how long have you been mowi...

November 01, 2010

What Teachers Can't Control

Diane Ravitch argues that "value-added" ratings of teachers based on test scores badly underestimate the impact of out-of-school factors on students' performance from year to year.

October 29, 2010

Rhee Heads for the Door—Though Not Quietly

Today is Michelle Rhee's last day as school chancellor in D.C., and Bill Turque at the Washington Post says Rhee took the opportunity to issue a final warning to the city's teachers.

October 19, 2010

Toward a National Teacher-Licensing Assessment

Proponents of a pilot teacher-performance assessment hope it will one day be used as a requirement for teacher licensure nationwide.

October 01, 2010

'Naming and Shaming' Teachers?

Walt Gardner, a retired Los Angeles teacher, comments on the reported link between a fifth teacher's recent suicide and the L.A. Times publication of teacher rankings based on student test scores.

September 29, 2010

Are There Alternatives to Standardized Tests?

If teachers dislike standardized test so much, why haven't they come with a better means of gauging student learning?

September 22, 2010

What Do Value-Added Teacher Evaluation Models Miss?

David Cohen, a National Board-certified teacher, points out eight real-life scenarios that call into question just how value-added teacher evaluation models measure teacher effectiveness.

September 20, 2010

Teachers Protest L.A. Times' Value-Added Series

The writers of the L.A. Times found themselves in a strange journalistic setting last week: reporting on a protest outside of their own building.

September 14, 2010

Where Are the Teachers in 'Education Nation'?

Educator Brian Crosby is wondering aloud about the inclusion—or lack thereof—of teachers in NBC's upcoming Education Nation special.

September 14, 2010

Has Teaching Become Paid Volunteer Work?

In Time magazine's most recent annual National Service Issue, which came out this week, John Cloud's article, "How to Recruit Better Teachers," questions whether the teaching profession has become "paid volunteer work," luring many recent elite university graduates or middle-aged professionals diss...

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