Tag Archives: Teacher Evaluation
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@NYTimes’s Journalistic “Issue” vs. Journalistic “Integrity”

The NYTimes recently published a piece on teacher evaluation. I submitted the following comment (which they did not post) to the online forum: I searched through NYTimes’ archive of medical / law / finance / congressional / military reform articles looking for pieces that fail to quote a doctor / lawyer / banker / policy-maker / […]

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Who Evaluates Teachers, and Why?

Over at EdWeek, Stephen Sawchuk recently wrote an article about teacher evaluation and assessment, titled Wanted: Ways to Assess the Majority of Teachers.  The article provides an informative look at various ways that teachers, their unions, administrators and districts can join together to improve teacher evaluation.  Those of us at Accomplished California Teachers welcome any focus […]

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Evaluating Teachers with VAM: Variable Ambiguous Mistake

Anyone who has read this blog before is probably aware of my position on the use value-added measurement for teacher evaluation.  I have argued many times here, and in Teacher Magazine, that politicians, self-styled education reformers, and members of the general public are ill-informed if they believe that we can use state tests to determine […]

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Dualities, Shmualities

Our public forums teem with dueling dualities: Luke vs. Vader Booker vs. du Bois Optimus vs. Megatron Homework vs. None Fraiser vs. Ali Whole language vs. Phonics Nixon vs. Truth Skills vs. Content Cylons vs. Humans However, the latest iteration hits a bit too close to home to be anything besides unnerving for educators: Judging […]

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