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  •  Value add-type statistics as in the LA times case (1+ / 0-)
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    Andrew Lazarus

    aren't evaluating AP teachers or AP scores - merely the STAR tests, which are given so infrequently in science that you couldn't possibly use them this way.

    I hope you corrected the teacher on the opposable thumbs - perhaps with a note or privately. Yes, it's an embarrassing mistake, but it's not necessarily indicative of a teacher who does not understand science.

    I too would be unhappy with only 40% getting 3, 4, 5. I would talk to an administrator about it and ask why this is thought to be. I would ask the Principal why your son should choose the AP program versus, say, taking an Environmental Science type class at the local community college. If this is a high poverty school, mind, that may not be a good predictor of how YOUR child will do on the test with this teacher.

    AP classes require special teachers who are especially skilled in their subject area, and the issue of AP is somewhat different than the more general discussions of teachers and teacher quality. However, this does not sound like a class that is meeting the needs of its students - regardless of their level, there's not a lot of value in offering AP if the kids are only getting 1 or 2.  

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 04:57:28 PM PDT

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