Bruce Baker: Why Do States Keep Using Stupid Measures to Evaluate Teachers and Schools?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Bruce Baker of Rutgers University is frustrated. He and colleagues have published study after study about the uses and misuses of standardized test scores to measure teachers and schools.The evidence is clear, he writes. Yet states remain devoted to failed, erroneous methods that pack any evidence!

“It blows my mind, however, that states and local school districts continue to use the most absurdly inappropriate measures to determine which schools stay open, or close, and as a result which school employees are targeted for dismissal/replacement or at the very least disruption and displacement. Policymakers continue to use measures, indicators, matrices, and other total bu!!$#!+ distortions of measures they don’t comprehend, to disproportionately disrupt the schools and lives of low income and minority children, and the disproportionately minority teachers who serve those children. THIS HAS TO STOP!”

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