In an Ohio district, schools use peer evaluations--a process put in place by a former teachers' union president--to decide whether rookie teachers keep their jobs.
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December 15, 2010
December 13, 2010
After reviewing a standardized test his students had taken, a high school teacher discovered that eight of the 28 questions were faulty.
November 30, 2010
In his latest column, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter highlightsquite uncriticallyBill 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
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
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
Proponents of a pilot teacher-performance assessment hope it will one day be used as a requirement for teacher licensure nationwide.
October 01, 2010
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
If teachers dislike standardized test so much, why haven't they come with a better means of gauging student learning?
September 22, 2010
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
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.