May 24, 2013
John White is likely to be gone by the end of June but Louisiana will still have its work cut out cleaning up the messes he will leave behind. Some of those messes off the top of my head are: Unmonitored, standardless voucher program is an utter failure and a poorly performing mess from what little White has […]
May 16, 2013
When I first heard about the “Seabaugh Solution,” a term John White invented to describe a request by legislator Alan Seabaugh to rig the entire teacher evaluation system to favor three teachers that taught at his daughter’s school in Shreveport, something didn’t quite make sense to me. Why would John White risk everything to do […]
April 23, 2013
These days John White might be needing a hug. It appears all the ill-will and poor decisions making he has sown over the past year is coming home to roost on his doorstep, all at the same time. Support the Louisiana Student Privacy Act Recently we called out White for lying to everyone in the state […]
April 1, 2013
I recently received a comment on my blog that struck a chord. . . and triggered a memory of who I used to be and who I am. It addresses a number of questions people ask me about my own feelings on a wide range of issues, and I found it both focusing and inspirational […]
March 17, 2013
To start off this discussion about VAM (value added modeling). The idea that teacher effectiveness can be accurately predicted based mostly on student test scores (or entirely in Louisiana.) and that teacher’s fortunes should be tied to those test scores. That sounds boring so I’ll start off with a really exciting topic, like global warming. :) It appears […]
March 16, 2013
Originally posted on deutsch29:
In order to truly understand value added modeling (VAM), forget the likes of me and of others who hold degrees in mathematics, or statistics, or measurement. Forget that we offer solid, detailed discussions of the problems of VAM. Forget also that those who formerly promoted VAM, like Louisiana’s George Noell, are mysteriously “no longer associated…
January 19, 2013
Probing the Science of Value-Added Evaluation by R. Barker Bausell, edweek.org January 16th 2013 Value-added teacher evaluation has been extensively criticized and strongly defended, but less frequently examined from a dispassionate scientific perspective. Among the value-added movement’s most fervent advocates is a respected scientific school of thought that believes reliable causal conclusions can be teased […]
November 8, 2012
More Evidence on the Shortcomings of “Value-Added” Teacher Evaluations…. This article from Linda Darling Hammond, a professor of Education at Stanford and a chairman of the National Council’s Board on Testing and Assessment, reinterates some of my earlier points about why Value added is an unstable unreliable hoax that is more influenced by student assignment and […]
November 2, 2012
I think most people would agree that it makes sense to evaluate people on the job they are doing. I think it is safe to say most people appreciate valuable feedback and constructive criticism. (Well probably not my wife, or myself so much, but stick with me here.) Ideally, if you are going to be […]
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