Daily Archives: May 14, 2014

Laura Chapman: Student Growth” is Lipstick on a Pig

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Laura Chapman says it is no improve my to substitute student how in test scores than plain ole test scores. Not reduce teaching and learning to multiple choice test questions. She writes, in…

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Teacher Evaluations – The good, the bad and the ridiculous

Originally posted on The Mind of Hammy:
On May 5, 2014, the Texas Education Agency posted some details on the new Teacher Evaluation and Support System (TESS) that has been submitted to the US Department of Education. This submission was…

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Peter Dreier Interviews Bill Moyers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a great interview. How I wish there were hundreds more journalists like Bill Moyers. Here Peter Dreier of Occidental College interviews Bill Moyers, who is our greatest living journalist. Here is…

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TFA: The Kids Are Not Alright

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
When asked about Teach for America, I always answer that the recruits are terrific, very smart, very idealistic, but the organization is greedy, self-serving, and power-hungry. This commenter disagrees. He/she thinks that the…

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Another Report Finds VAM is Flawed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A new report prepared by Andy Porter, dean of the graduate school of education at University of Pennsylvania, and Morgan Polikoff of the University of Southern California caution about value-added-measurement, basing teacher evaluation…

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More Proof: VAM is a Sham

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The centerpiece of Race to the Top is evaluating teachers by test scores. The students of good teachers, Arne Duncan and Barack Obama believe, get higher scores. If they have low scores, it…

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Doing Classroom Research

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
At a time when Big Data rules, I look for small answers to big questions about how policies get translated into classroom practices. Big Data can be seen in…

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