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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 06, 2012

Ohio to Retest Teachers in Struggling Schools

Still more from the ever-active teacher-accountability front: Under a provision in Ohio's new state budget law, thousands of teachers in the state's lowest-performing schools will have to take licensure tests anew this fall, according the Dayton Daily News. The requirement—apparently the fir...

March 01, 2012

Value-Added Confusion in NYC

I'll admit that I myself was poised to blog about the New York Times' finding that teacher quality is widely diffused throughout the city—which Fordham's Mike Petrilli called "jaw-dropping news." Thankfully a few interviews and deadlines got in the way, and I didn't get to it before Philissa Cr...

February 24, 2012

Facebook Grant Funds Teacher Projects in Newark

At a reception today in Newark, N.J., 25 teams of teachers will receive over $200,000 in "teacher innovation" grants.

February 24, 2012

Friday Humor Break

Inspired by a popular YouTube meme, Ms. Eyre—who was off this week and trying at all costs to avoid thinking about New York's new teacher-evaluation plan—puts together a short list of "Stuff Teachers Say on Vacation." Here's number three, for example: Awww, heck yeah! Sale on business ca...

February 23, 2012

Shades of (Daniel) Pink: The Merit Pay Debate

In case you missed it, last week's Washington Post article on merit pay does a nice job of summing up the major rift between proponents and skeptics of a school reform effort that, according to the Post reporter, is "suddenly gaining traction." Daniel Pink, author of the popular book about motivat...

February 22, 2012

The Challenges of Being a Teacher-Writer

Ariel Sacks, who is working on a book, reflects on the difficulties of being a teacher and writing about it at the same time: Like Virginia Woolf argued in A Room of One's Own—a woman cannot be expected to write while she's cooking and taking care of children in a confined space. Her writing...

February 17, 2012

Cursing Teachers Risk Getting the Axe

Arizona state Senator Lori Klein recently introduced a bill that would punish K-12 teachers for their use of profanity in the classroom.

February 15, 2012

Arts Educators Float an Alternative Evaluation Plan

Education officials in Tennessee seem to be making good on their promise to find alternate student-achievement measures to be incorporated into teacher evaluations for teachers in nontested subjects—though it's teachers who are doing much of the heavy lifting in getting the idea moving. The s...

February 02, 2012

Bright Ideas for Teacher Evaluation

Over the last few years, the teacher-evaluation debate has revolved mainly around whether—or to what extent—value-added scores should be involved. Since most researchers and educators agree an evaluation system needs multiple measures, there's also been some discourse around observations&#...

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