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VAM-pire Metrics and the Cost of Using Students as Weapons of Mass Instruction

It is generally obnoxious to say “I told you so,” but since I am often accused of being obnoxious even when I am not intending… 871 more words


The Day Arne Duncan Explained to Congress Why VAM Is Not VAM: UPDATE

Since 2009, when Race to the Top was launched, Arne Duncan has been an avid proponent of evaluating teachers by test scores. Some states evaluate teachers by the scores of students they never taught or subjects they don’t teach. 107 more words

Race To The Top

Former DC Whistleblower Principal Adell Cothorne on the Atlanta Verdict (Sentencing)

On April 3, 2015, I posted former DC principal Adell Cothorne’s reaction to the conviction of 11 educators in what has come to be commonly known as the Atlanta cheating scandal. 1,566 more words

High-stakes Testing

Audrey Beardsley: Tom Kane Is Still Trying to Prove That VAM Works

Audrey Beardsley, on her blog “Vamboozled,” notes that Tom Kane, Harvard economist and leader of the Gates Foundation’s $45 million Measures of Effective Teaching, has returned to the hustings to argue on behalf of the causal value of value-added measurement, that is, the idea that teachers directly “cause” the test score gains of students. 232 more words


Powerful Video: Future of New York State Education

On March 31, 2015, the New York State Assembly proved that budgeting well takes a back seat to “budgeting badly but on time.”

Even before the official vote was taken, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie  363 more words

High-stakes Testing

House Concurrent Resolution 6

Repeals a State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education rule

Filed By: Rep. Vincent PierreE-mail


Present rule provides generally for the process for teacher evaluations and specifically provides that 50% of such evaluations shall be based on evidence of growth in student achievement using a value-added assessment model as determined by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) for grade levels and subjects for which value-added data is available. 222 more words


Should we fire people who pick the wrong Final Four?

A thought experiment touched off by Cathy’s latest post on value-added modeling.

Suppose I’m in charge of a big financial firm and I made every trader who worked for me fill out an NCAA tournament bracket.   205 more words