Archive | October, 2013

Colbert on the Common Core

This is a pretty fun take on how Common Core tests may be graded (let’s hope not…)    

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Why Collaboration is Important in Teacher Compensation Plans

First, it seems fairly obvious that in devising new pay plans for teachers, teachers ought to be consulted about what would work for them. What is it they are looking for in a pay plan?  But, many states (like Tennessee and North Carolina, for example) proceed without getting input from the teachers who are impacted […]

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Kentucky and the Common Core

I’ve written recently over at Kentucky Education Report about Kentucky’s Common Core experience. First, I wrote about Gov. Steve Beshear and Commissioner Terry Holliday defending the Common Core from common attacks. More recently, I’ve written about the early implementation experience in Kentucky.  While there have certainly been some bumps in the road, Kentucky is further along […]

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Ravitch Cites Spears on Value-Added

Education historian and author Diane Ravitch cited an article I wrote for Tennessee Education Report on the lack of evidence that value-added data helps improve education outcomes. I’ve written on this topic several times, including noting the shortcomings of value-added data and the inability of value-added data to effectively differentiate among teachers. For more on education […]

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The Pitfalls of Value-Added Data

A version of this post first appeared in Tennessee Education Report. Valerie Strauss has an interesting piece over at the Washington Post dealing with Value-Added Modeling.  More specifically, the post analyzes what can be learned from 20 years of the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) implemented as a result of the Education Improvement Act — the […]

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What can we really learn from Value-Added Modeling?

This post first appeared in Kentucky Education Report   Lots of attention in the discussion around teacher quality focuses on value-added data and the ability to determine a teacher’s effectiveness from a single test score. More recently, a study by researchers at Harvard has received lots of attention because it purports to indicate that replacing […]

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