Archive | September, 2014

Struggles with Value-Added Modeling

Over at Bluff City Ed, John Alfuth has a post from a teacher’s perspective on value-added modeling. What’s interesting is that Alfuth study public policy and identifies himself as a supporter of using VAM. That is, before he became a practicing teacher. Now, it seems safe to say that while he still supports some uses […]

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Teacher Town, USA?

Teacher Town, USA. You’ve heard of it, right? It’s also known as Memphis, Tennessee. That’s the idea, anyway. To turn Memphis into a place where the best and brightest young teachers come to teach. And where they end up staying and teaching and making a long-term impact. This article points to the focus in Memphis […]

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Kentucky Approaching the Top 20?

That’s the question asked annually by a Prichard Committee analysis of key education indicators. The goal of the Prichard Committee is to have Kentucky among the Top 20 in the nation in key education indicators by 2020.  According to a press release announcing the most recent analysis of where Kentucky stands, there is some good […]

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Kentucky: A PGES Overview

In the 2014-15 school year, every Kentucky teacher will be evaluated using the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES). But, what is PGES and what does it mean for teachers? This policy brief is designed to provide an overview of PGES — what it means, where it came from, and where teacher evaluation is headed […]

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