Archive | July, 2015

TVAAS Trouble in Tennessee

From Tennessee Education Report on the subject of TVAAS data: Well, it could mean that Tennessee’s 6th and 7th grade ELA teachers are the worst in the state. Or, it could mean that math teachers in Tennessee are better teachers than ELA teachers. Or, it could mean that 8th grade ELA teachers are rock stars. Alternatively, […]

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Some Inconvenient Facts about VAM

Stuart Yeh at the University of Minnesota does some analysis of the existing literature on value-added modeling and its use in high stakes decisions around teachers. What he finds is that VAM is unreliable and not valid for use in high stakes decisions like hiring/firing and assigning pay. Here are some highlights: “Results indicate that […]

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Does ProComp Work?

Recently, I examined teacher compensation in six urban school systems. Among the six I analyzed was Denver — a system that uses a strategic compensation approach known as ProComp and has done so since 2005. In fact, voters in Denver passed a $25 million tax increase just to fund the ProComp experiment. According to A+ […]

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Teacher Pay in Urban Districts

I recently wrote about teacher pay in 6 mid-size urban districts. Here’s what the numbers showed:                                       Start                    10                          20                      TOP MNPS                     $42,082                $44,536                 $54,800              $55,757 Louisville              $41,756                $53,759                 $69,514                $70,636 Charlotte               $37,946               $46,008                $53,954                $58,525 Austin                     $46,401               $48,837                $55,477                 $70,751 Atlanta                   $44,312               $54,167                 $62,075                 $66,467 Denver                   $38,765              $47,136                 $53,838* *Denver has a teacher compensation system known as ProComp and the highest step is 13. Teachers […]

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