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Mar 30 2012

Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 5

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Less technical post about VAM: What ‘value-added’ is and is not It’s all about the ‘error rate’ — or so, even I, used to think. Nearly everything I’ve read that questions the validity of the value-added metric mentions the astronomical ‘error rates.’  When…

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Mar 22 2012

SIGnificant Progress?

One year into the US Department Of Education’s 4 billion dollar School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, giving an average of half a million dollars to 800 ‘failing’ schools, the preliminary results are in.  Anyone who understands school reform should know that looking at ‘test scores’ after one year doesn’t really tell you much.  It is…

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This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Journal of School Choice © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC; the Journal of School Choice is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15582159.2012.650106 Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools, by Steven Brill. (Simon and Schuster, 2011; 496…

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A recent post by one of the most thoughtful TFA bloggers on this site was called ‘Don’t Hate Me Because I’m TFA.’  In it, Tony B responds to another blogger that I think is great, Katie Osgood, from Chicago.  What people who have just begun following the education debate in this country might be surprised…

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Whether you’re a newly accepted 2012 corps member or a 20 year veteran teacher, you’ve heard the expression ‘poverty is not destiny’ thrown around and, depending on what your experiences have been, the expression will affect you in different ways. For the newbies, it is inspirational — a battle cry.  Because they feel that the…

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Mar 10 2012

Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 4

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Less technical post about VAM: What ‘value-added’ is and is not Value-added has been getting a lot of media attention lately but, unfortunately, most stories are missing the point.  In Gotham Schools I read about a teacher who got a low score but…

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Mar 06 2012

Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 3

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 inaccuracy of the New York City teacher evaluation data is taking a beating.  As I expected, this data would not stand up to the scrutiny of the public or even the…

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