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Feb 28 2012

Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 2

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Less technical post about VAM: What ‘value-added’ is and is not In part 1 I demonstrated there was little correlation between how a teacher was rated in 2009 to how that same teacher was rated in 2010.  So what can be more crazy…

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Feb 26 2012

Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 1

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Less technical post about VAM: What ‘value-added’ is and is not The New York Times, yesterday, released the value-added data on 18,000 New York City teachers collected between 2007 and 2010.  Though teachers are irate and various newspapers, The New York Post, in…

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Feb 25 2012

IMPACTed Wisdom Truth?

The big news in New York today is the release of the Teacher Data Reports (TDRs) for some 18,000 teachers.  These were ratings that the city calculated using a value-added model.  The New York Times is going to publish all the scores, including the teachers’ names, on their website. Much to the surprise of most…

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Feb 22 2012

New York State Tests: 5th Grade Math 2010

As I’ve looked through the state tests for questions that I considered ‘bad,’ I should mention that there are other things I object to besides ‘bad’ problems that are included on the test.  What I’ve noticed is a lack of ‘good’ problems too.  If you want to see all the full tests, I found them…

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Feb 21 2012

New York State Tests: 4th Grade Math 2010

After critiquing the 3rd grade test, I saw a comment on Twitter that I was someone who had low expectations.  This person said that he could do questions like that when he was in 3rd grade.  I have no doubt that there are some kids that can succeed at a test like this, even one…

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Feb 14 2012

New York State Tests: 3rd Grade 2010

I don’t know when the first time I took a bubble test was, but I don’t think I was aware of them back when I was in 3rd grade during the 1977-1978 school year.  At the time, though, I was part of another failed reform ‘The Open Classroom’ where about fifty kids were in a…

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Feb 10 2012

New York State Tests: 7th grade math 2010

Looking over the 7th grade math test, I try to view it through someone else’s eyes — anyone’s eyes who is not a professional math teacher, and when I do, I think, “I forgot almost all this stuff.”  When you learn something in English class, like the definition of the word ‘satire,’ that knowledge generally…

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Feb 08 2012

New York State Tests: 8th grade math 2010

If schools are going to be closed and teachers fired over state tests, the tests had better be good.  So I downloaded the most recent 8th grade New York State math assessment to see how it was.  Out of 45 questions, I had issues with at least ten of them. In this question, there is…

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