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'The Teacher Wars': An Interview With Dana Goldstein

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Larry Ferlazzo interviews Dana Goldstein about her book, The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession.

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Arne Duncan’s reaction to new research slamming teacher evaluation method he favors

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Has research slamming "value-added measures" affected the education secretary's views in any way?
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Report Finds Weak Link Between Value-Added Measures and Teacher Instruction - US News

Report Finds Weak Link Between Value-Added Measures and Teacher Instruction - US News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"A spreading method of teacher performance that places significant importance on student growth measures has a weak to nonexistent link with teacher performance, according to new researchpublished Tuesday. 

Morgan Polikoff and Andrew Porter, two education experts, analyzed the relationships between "value-added model" (VAM) measures of teacher performance and the content or quality of teachers' instruction by evaluating data from 327 fourth and eighth grade math and English teachers in six school districts. The weak relationships made them question whether the data would be useful in evaluating teachers or improving classroom instruction, the report says."

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VAM Posts on the Network for Public Education

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The latest acronym that is popping up everywhere is: VAM. It stands for Value-Added Measurement and refers to the practice of evaluating teachers based on the performance of their students using standardized tests as measures.This link goes to a list of blog posts on the NPE site that focus on VAM. A quick scan of the dates shows that VAM as a topic on this particular site has become very frequent lately.

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Teacher evaluations: Too much science, not enough art?

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Teachers in Connecticut respond to a new teacher evaluation system which relies in part on student test scores to determine the "effectiveness" of teachers. 

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Gates Teacher Study Opens Video Library to Researchers

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Video and other materials from the Gates-funded Measures of Effective Teaching study will be opened to researchers for additional studies next year.
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Valuing Teachers | Taking Note

John Merrow's commentary on what various surveys reveal about Americans' attitudes towards teachers.

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Chicago Teachers See Value in New Evaluations, But Eschew Test Scores

Chicago Teachers See Value in New Evaluations, But Eschew Test Scores | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Nontenured teachers have a greater spread in ratings under the district's new system, even while teachers find value in observation feedback and the union criticizes the system's focus on test scores.
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What Do We Know About the Tradeoffs Associated with Teacher Misclassification in High Stakes Personnel Decisions?

What Do We Know About the Tradeoffs Associated with Teacher Misclassification in High Stakes Personnel Decisions? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
KNOWLEDGE BRIEF 6by Dan Goldhaber and Susanna Loeb Evaluators have to rely on inherently imperfect measures to rate teachers. As a result, evaluating teachers to group them into performance categories will inevitably lead to errors.
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Districts face roadblocks in developing teacher evaluations | HechingerEd Blog

Districts face roadblocks in developing teacher evaluations | HechingerEd Blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"School districts around the country are facing obstacles as they attempt to finalize new teacher evaluation systems in time for the 2013-14 school year. At least 30 states have passed laws requiring new evaluation systems, but many cities are experiencing pushback from teachers and unions, particularly on requirements to include student test scores as a part of a teacher’s rating."

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The fundamental flaws of ‘value added’ teacher evaluation

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"Why have politicians and others decided to ignore the research and use defective systems to make major decisions about retaining teachers or determining their pay? Why are we not “minding the gap”?"

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The State of Teacher Evaluation Reform

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Developing new teacher-evaluation systems has been identified by scholars and policymakers alike as a crucial part of improving teacher quality and raising student academic performance across the country.

This article was published by the Center for American Progress and recommended by our own Dawna Green.

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Who won the Chicago teachers strike?

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Diane Ravitch draws a conclusion that may surprise you (especially if you thought she was a conservative).

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Ravitch: What is NCTQ? (and why you should know)

Education historian Diane Ravitch explains what NCTQ is and why anybody who cares about public education should know what it is and what it is up to.
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The irony in new study that bashes popular teacher evaluation method

"The evidence against using student test scores to evaluate teachers keeps growing." More on the recently released study showing that when compared to other indicators of teacher performance, student test results do not correlate. According to one of the study's authors, Morgan Polikoff, “While value-added measures do provide some useful information, our findings show that they are not picking up the things we think of as being good teaching. Given the growing extent to which states are using these measures for a wide array of decisions, our findings are troubling.”"

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Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method

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The evidence against VAM is at this point overwhelming. The refusal of school reformers to acknowledge it is outrageous.
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Take the Time to Evaluate Teacher Evaluation

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Before student assessments are used to judge teacher quality, it's critical to assess whether the tests are well-designed for the task, a group of psychometricians writes.
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Accountability: What the Top Performers Do

Marc Tucker continues the discussion on accountability and describes how the top-performing education systems use assessments and the results to help students and schools improve.
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The Power of an Effective Teacher and Why We Should Assess It

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Excerpt (Chapter 1) from  "Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning"  by Pamela D. Tucker and James H. Stronge

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Maine teachers with UMaine system library cards should be able to borrow the eBook of this title through the Ursus catalog:

http://ursus.maine.edu/record%3Db5005755

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U.S. Dept. Of Ed Announces Not One, Not Two, But Three Studies Show NY Performance Pay Generally Makes Things Worse | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

U.S. Dept. Of Ed Announces Not One, Not Two, But Three Studies Show NY Performance Pay Generally Makes Things Worse | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Institute of Education Sciences reports that three separate studies show merit pay does NOT affect student achievement.

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What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

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Why the U.S. emphasis on "teacher effectiveness" won't by itself really improve schools.
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In Response to Bill Gates on Evaluating Teachers

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Stu Silberman responds to Bill Gates op-ed about evaluating teachers.  Silberman calls for "ensuring that multiple measures are always used" when evaluating teachers.

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Bloomberg blast teacher evals as 'sham,' 'fraud'

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New York state's teacher evaluation system is criticized by NYC's mayor--and the unraveling begins.

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Report endorses statewide standards for Maine teacher evaluations

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Evaluations have traditionally been left to local districts. Now, districts will continue to oversee the process, but will have to meet the new state standards.
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Educational Leadership:Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair? What's Effective?

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The latest issue of the ASCD's magazine, Educational Leadership, focuses on teacher evaluation.  Follow this link to see the table of contents and abstracts of the articles.  Your library has the print edition available for lending.

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