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Letter: New York Superintendent DOES NOT CARE about VAM

Michael Hynes is the superintendent of the Patchogue-Medford School District in New York.

He knows that attempting to gauge teacher value via the state’s $2.7 million… 322 more words

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Violence against minors: How can we end this menace?

Violence Against Minors, VAM, a growing virulent strain of Child Abuse, CA, has become a major concern despite government proclamations and campaigns clearly designated to enlighten the public on the dangers of the vice. 2,439 more words

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Georgia: Time to Stop ALEC's War on Public Schools and Teachers

Dr. Jim Arnold, superintendent of the Pelham City schools, explains why Georgia has a teaching shortage. The answer can be summed up in a few words: Governor Nathan Deal and ALEC, and one very long sentence: 259 more words

Teacher Evaluations

A Psychologist Speaks Out about the Low Reliability of VAM Scores

One of the affidavits at the trial of the Lederman v. King case was filed by psychologist Brad Lindell.

His full affidavit is included in this post, 339 more words

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Washington Post Editorial Board Supports Bush in His Common Core Quandary

On August 17, 2015, the Washington Post editorial board wrote a piece in which it “did not blame Mr. Bush from shying away from the term .” 998 more words

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Is VAM a Sham? Depends on the Question You’re Asking.

  1. “Does data source X provide useful information?” and
  2. “Should data source X be used for purpose Y?”

are two very different questions.  Unfortunately, conflation of these questions by education researchers, writers, and advocates far too frequently results in bad policy recommendations. 1,319 more words


The NY Opt Out and "Invalidated" Scores

In April 2015, approximately 20 percent of students in New York State opted out of the state’s tests in grades 3 through 8.

An August 12, 2015, Syracuse.com… 659 more words

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