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What Would Accountability Without Standardized Tests Look Like?

What Would Accountability Without Standardized Tests Look Like? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Communities are looking for ways to hold schools accountable for closing achievement gaps without losing sight of good teaching strategies and challenging work for students.
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Grading Teachers by the Test - NYTimes.com

Grading Teachers by the Test - NYTimes.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The question is, what will happen when teachers are systematically rewarded, or punished, based to some extent on standardized tests? If we really want our children to learn more, the design of any system must be carefully thought through, to avoid sending incentives astray.

“When you put a lot of weight on one measure, people will try to do well on that measure,” Jonah Rockoff of Columbia said. “Some things they do will be good, in line with the objectives. Others will amount to cheating or gaming the system.”
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How can we ensure better teacher quality?

How can we ensure better teacher quality? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In too many places, however, efforts are underway to craft systems that disregard the art of teaching in favor of the (misunderstood) science of measurement. These sorts of systems are more about pushing people out than lifting them up, and they continue to act as though the intellectual growth of students (and a narrow definition of it at that) is the preeminent measure of an effective teacher.
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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

Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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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New York's Complicated Teacher Evaluation Proposal Is The Exception, Not The Rule

New York's Complicated Teacher Evaluation Proposal Is The Exception, Not The Rule | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
All these attempts to reform teacher evaluations are happening as the research on how best to assess teacher quality remains in its earliest stages, and teachers and students are being affected with every shift in policy. “We’re in the Wright brothers stage,” said Jim Hull, a senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Education. “We’re getting these policies in the air, and they’re not designed to be as effective as they probably could be. There’s still a lot to learn.”
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Does the Teacher Matter or Not?

The thing that might be most insulting about value-added modeling as a means of assessing teaching is that it assumes that we know and agree on what good teaching is—because we would have to know that before we could create a method to assess it, no matter how simple or complex that method may be. But we don't know for sure, partly because there are so many variables in teaching that they could never possibly be isolated and controlled, and partly because not everyone shares the same vision of what schools are for. Proponents of value-added modeling skip right past this problem, assuming that a teacher is effective if that teacher helps his or her students earn higher test scores. Not only is that
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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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