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Ed profs: Don't use test scores to rate teachers



You'll recognize some of the names as those aligned with teachers much more so than with the hard-core "accountability" advocates: Diane Ravitch, Linda Darling-Hammond and Richard Rothstein among them.

But the issue they attack is one that's a big fight in Florida and nationally -- whether to base teacher evaluations, pay and contracts on student testing data.

This group, along with the Economic Policy Institute, says, Don't do it:

"Adopting an invalid teacher evaluation system and tying it to rewards and sanctions is likely to lead to inaccurate personnel decisions and to demoralize teachers, causing talented teachers to avoid high-needs students and schools, or to leave the profession entirely, and discouraging potentially effective teachers from entering it. Educational outcomes will suffer as a consequence."

We have heard more than one person ask, if it's okay to evaluate students with test data, why not the teachers who prepared them for the test? Your thoughts?


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 4:57pm]


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