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Teacher evaluations, Value-Added Measures, Teacher Development, Teacher Training, The Teacher Unions. Is it poverty, or is it poor teaching?
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What Parents Neet to Know About Teacher Effectiveness Policy

What Parents Neet to Know About Teacher Effectiveness Policy | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

- Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Teacher effectiveness policy stirs up more controversy and debate than any other education policy. Two camps, each with charismatic leaders and top researchers, battle to win over public opinion.

 

[Teacher Effectiveness policy explained for parents. Articles with viewpoints from both sides of education reform included in this scoop. Do you know your leanings?]

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'Value Added' Data Need Careful Analysis, Consideration, Statisticians' Group Says

'Value Added' Data Need Careful Analysis, Consideration, Statisticians' Group Says | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week

 

The American Statistical Association offers its take on the ever-controversial use of value-added methods in teacher evaluation.

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The American Statistical Association published a report on the pros and cons of VAM.  VAM is controversial method of evaluating teachers. I've provided two articles, each with a different take on the report.  Here's the second.

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American Statistical Association Issues Caution on Use of Value-Add Measures for Teacher Evaluation

American Statistical Association Issues Caution on Use of Value-Add Measures for Teacher Evaluation | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The central feature of the Obama administration's $5 billion "Race to the Top" program was sharply deconstructed and refuted last week by the American Statistical Association, one of the nation's l...
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“Most VAM studies find that teachers account for about 1% to 14% of the variability in test scores, and that the majority of opportunities for quality improvement are found in the system-level conditions. Ranking teachers by their VAM scores can have unintended consequences that reduce quality.” The ASA points out: “This is not saying that teachers have little effect on students, but that variation among teachers accounts for a small part of the variation in scores. The majority of the variation in test scores is attributable to factors outside of the teacher’s control such as student and family background, poverty, curriculum, and unmeasured influences.”

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What Americans like best about their favorite teachers

What Americans like best about their favorite teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

 

It may surprise you.

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Ten clueless things people say to teachers — and comebacks to throw right back

Ten clueless things people say to teachers — and comebacks to throw right back | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Here is a list of some of the common idiocies along with some useful comebacks, compiled and written by Cindy Long and originally published in NEA Today, a publication of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union.

 
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TFA tests out more training

TFA tests out more training | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lindsey Layton, Washington Post

 

The organization answers critics who say five weeks isn’t enough preparation for teaching jobs.

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Teach For America to Pilot Yearlong Teacher Training, Retention Efforts

Teach For America to Pilot Yearlong Teacher Training, Retention Efforts | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week

 

Teach For America plans to provide a year of up-front training for a subset of its new teacher recruits—and put more of an emphasis on teaching for longer than the group's two-year requirement, the organization's leaders announced in a speech.

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20 Signs That Indicate a Teacher is Making A Difference

20 Signs That Indicate a Teacher is Making A Difference | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Saga Briggs, TeachThought

 

You plan. You assess. You network. You collaborate. You tweet, differentiate, administer literacy probes, scour 504s and IEPs, use technology, and inspire thinking. And for all of this, you’re given bar graphs on tests to show if what you’re doing is actually making a difference. But there are other data points you should consider as well.

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Hope and anxiety: What do teachers think about the Common Core standards?

Hope and anxiety: What do teachers think about the Common Core standards? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report

 

The more teachers get to know the controversial Common Core State Standards, the more they like them, according to a teacher survey published this week. And even as many states debate whether to stick with the standards, which lay out what students need to know in math and English based on requirements in other countries, the survey suggests that the Common Core is already being taught at most schools in the 45 states that adopted it.

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You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong.

You think you know what teachers do. Right? Wrong. | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Blaine, Washington Post

 

You went to school and think you know. But you don't.

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Is “No Child Left Behind” An Appropriate Measure of Student Growth ...

Is “No Child Left Behind” An Appropriate Measure of Student Growth ... | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joseph Palmisano, Law Street


The pros and cons argued.

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Many States Struggle To Link Student Test Data to Individual Teachers

Many States Struggle To Link Student Test Data to Individual Teachers | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Leila Meyer, The Journal

 

Linking student test data to individual teachers is the biggest challenge of establishing data systems to improve student achievement, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

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A Solution for Bad Teaching

A Solution for Bad Teaching | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Adam Grant, New York Times

 

Tweaking tenure could help students and researchers.  Instead of abolishing tenure, what if we restructured it? 

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op-ed by UPenn/Wharton professor who wrote the book, Give and Take.

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One of many nails in the VAM coffin….

One of many nails in the VAM coffin…. | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

If you’ve read the American Statistical Association’s position on the dangers of evaluating teacher performance based on the “Value-Added Model,” you’re probably wondering how they arrived at this very sobering conclusion. As Albert Einstein was alleged to have stated, “Not everything that counts is countable, and not everything that is countable counts.” In this case, AMSTAT took that advice to heart and so strongly inveighed against VAM that they essentially labeled it a form of statistical malpractice.

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Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method

Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

 

The evidence against VAM is at this point overwhelming. The refusal of school reformers to acknowledge it is outrageous.

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The American Statistical Association published a report on the pros and cons of VAM.  VAM is controversial method of evaluating teachers. I've provided two articles, each with a different take on the report.  Here's the first.

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Attaining Equitable Distribution of Effective Teachers in Public Schools

Attaining Equitable Distribution of Effective Teachers in Public Schools | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Glenda Partee, Center for American Progress

 

Attaining an equitable distribution of our nation's most effective teachers will require policy changes at the district, state, and federal levels.

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Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled — now

Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled — now | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Should teachers make less than skycaps?
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What do teachers want even more than new technology? Training on how to use it

What do teachers want even more than new technology? Training on how to use it | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Liz Willen, Hechinger Report

 

Why do we load teachers up with new technology and gadgets without the proper training?

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Rewarding and Employing Teachers Based on Their Value-Added

Rewarding and Employing Teachers Based on Their Value-Added | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

The following is an excerpt from What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, a new book edited by Chester E. Finn, Jr., and Richard Sousa for Hoover Institution Press. This excerpt comes from a chapter called “Covering the Costs” by Caroline M. Hoxby.

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Top 10 teachers in Florida illustrate how messy and absurd the new teacher data is

Top 10 teachers in Florida illustrate how messy and absurd the new teacher data is | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report

 

This week of February 24, 2014 the State of Florida was forced to dump a boat load of data on its teachers into the public domain (It lost a law suit to Times Union newspaper in Florida, which requested the data). Nearly every public and charter school teacher in the state is named. And next …

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Teachers Wish More People Would Listen to Them

Teachers Wish More People Would Listen to Them | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Emily Richmond, The Atlantic

 

A new survey asked 20,000 teachers for their views on everything from educational technology to teacher evaluations.

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Can the U.S. learn from Australia’s high bar for new teachers?

Can the U.S. learn from Australia’s high bar for new teachers? | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Butrymowicz, Hechinger Report


A major ongoing fight in the U.S. is how to make the teaching profession less a clock-in, clock-out job and more like the high-paid, high-demand career of a lawyer or doctor. Unions and teachers argue better pay will elevate the profession. Politicians and advocates want to put more scrutiny on teachers and end tenure, arguing that no other profession offers protection for life.

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Tennessee Teachers Push Back on Evaluation Process

Tennessee Teachers Push Back on Evaluation Process | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lucas Johnson, AP, ABC News

 

When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators. But since winning the $500 million Race to the Top competition in 2010, teachers say the state has gone...

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Tennessee Teachers Demand Change In Evaluation Process

Tennessee Teachers Demand Change In Evaluation Process | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lucas L. Johnson II, Huffington Post

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Tennessee was competing for a half-billion dollars in federal education money, teachers agreed to allow the state to ramp up its use of student test scores for evaluating educators.

But since winning the $500 million Race to the Top competition in 2010, teachers say the state has gone too far in using student test scores to assess their performance.

 
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A Shifting Landscape for State Teacher Evaluation Policy

A Shifting Landscape for State Teacher Evaluation Policy | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Melissa Tooley, EdCentral, New America Foundation

 

It’s been an exciting week for teacher quality policy, with the release of two new reports that provide insight into states’ progress (or lack thereof) on such policies. Do these reports find that federal policies have shifted the landscape on teacher evaluation? The first report, the U.S. Department of Education’s State Implementation of Reforms Promoted [...]

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Coming Soon: Education Department's 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy

Coming Soon: Education Department's 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy | Teacher Effectiveness Policy: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michele McNeil, Education Week

 

In a wide-ranging interview with reporters, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his staff talked about teacher equity, common core, and waivers.

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