This is the previous New orleans RSD Superintendent explaining how their VAM system has created a “nightmare” “testing industrial complex” that will “make you suicidal” trying to figure out.
Unfortunately it looks like while Louisiana was one of the first states to run headlong onto the VAM wagon, if reports that our own system is widely accepted unfair, incomplete, corrupted by politicians, and largely inaccurate doesn’t sway people to s. crap it, we’ll likely be the last ones off the wagon too.
Why must we always be first and last in the worst categories?
At a panel discussion in New York City, Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas made a startling admission. He said that the efforts to develop a teacher evaluation metric was a huge mess and that no one understands it.
“The Bridgeport, Conn. superintendent — who has served stints in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Orleans and earned a reputation as a turnaround consultant for struggling districts with big budget gaps — said reforms he backed were at risk of collapsing “under the weight of how complicated we’re making it.”
“We’re working on the evaluation system right now,” Vallas said of Bridgeport. “And I’ll tell you, it is a nightmare.” Vallas went further and said: ““We’re losing the communications game because we don’t have a good message to communicate,” he said. In separate comments, Vallas criticized evaluations as a “testing industrial complex” and “a system where you literally have binders on individual…
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