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  •  serious problems with most of recent approaches (3+ / 0-)
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    glorificus, cocinero, chimene

    Gary Rubinstein, who teaches Math at Stuyvesant High School in NYC and Bruce Baker, an economist at Rutgers, are among those who have done yeoman's work in taking apart the claims about the advantages of Value-Added

    worth noting that the MET study funded by Gates hides reality by using averages

    also worth noting that the setup in NYC which claims to use multiple measures effectively does not, since if you do not do well on the Value-Added you are by definition unsatisfactory

    further worth noting the instability of scores (Gary does a good job on this) for a teacher from year to year

    might I make a recommendation for a must-read?  It is an article by Lee Fang (full disclosure, at one point while he was in high school, my student) on the corporatizing of education.  Read this piece to put understanding of the things that Bloomberg and others do into context.

    About the only place Bloomberg is really worth much is in his opposition to the gun culture.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 05:57:05 AM PST

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