Archive | February, 2015

Of Testing and Poverty

A Kentucky teacher shares her story about poverty and testing: I became involved in education activism after starting my first year at Lassiter.  Going into the position (after seeing their KPREP scores – oh my!), I thought “great, I’ll stay here one year and get the heck out as soon as I can apply for […]

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Money for TN Teachers?

During his February 9th State of the State address, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced a proposal to increase the amount of money provided to local school systems for teacher salaries by four percent. That doesn’t, however, equate to a four percent raise for every Tennessee teacher. Haslam is proposing to increase the pool of money […]

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Value-Added Challenges

Some recent developments on the use of value-added data to evaluate and compensate teachers. First, one Tennessee school district creates strange incentives around value-added data and teacher pay. Next, the Tennessee Education Association filed a legal challenge to the use of value-added data to evaluate teachers – specifically, the use of data from students a […]

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