David Berliner Transcribed: Why Standardized Test Scores Should Not Be Used to Rate Teachers or Teacher Education Programs

Diane Ravitch's blog

A few weeks ago, I posted a video of David Berliner’s speech in Australia, in which he explained why teachers and teachers’ education programs should not be evaluated by standardized test scores. This, as you know, is the policy that was the centerpiece of the failed Race to the Top. Its main effect has been to create teacher shortages; many experienced teachers have left the profession and enrollments in teacher education programs has sharply declined since the introduction of “value-added modeling” (VAM).

Audrey Amrein-Beardsley has done all of us a favor by transcribing Berliner’s speech. You can find it here.

Here are a few (not all) of his reasons:

“When using standardized achievement tests as the basis for inferences about the quality of teachers, and the institutions from which they came, it is easy to confuse the effects of sociological variables on standardized test scores” and the effects teachers have…

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