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View Diary: Where Is The 'Middle Ground' In The Education Debate? (51 comments)

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    I suspect there is a pseudo-scientific desire for empirical, quantifiable data for evaluating teachers (and students).  Any middle ground will probably involve coming up with more ways to keep track of student/teacher behavior.

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      David Kaib, caul

      The current buzzword for this is "multiple measures." Only thing is, as states constrict funding to schools, schools have to work with what they have. Since test scores are mandatory, they are forced to go with that. So much for "multiple measures." An exception to this is when they already have funding for observation components of evaluation. But even this is usually limited to just a fraction of the ultimate "score." And the observer, usually the principal, is too stressed for time. The bottom line everyone ignores is that there's no research anywhere that proves better teacher evaluation leads to more academic achievement. In the meantime, there are other researched-backed pathways to higher achievement that are much less costly, but are being completely ignored.

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