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No Value in Value Added

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Critics beat the drums against any kind of value-added metric in a final deal on teacher evaluations despite an assumption by both department officials and union leaders that some percentage of a teacher's performance review will be based on student test scores and other measurements.

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Does Helping a Student Add to My Value?

Monday, March 26, 2012

An E.S.L. teacher at a Queens high school writes: 'It’s not often you can get in the middle of something and make such an immediate difference. We didn’t have to do this, and none of us got paid extra for it -- but things like these, not merit pay, not test scores, make us love what we do. Still, I have to wonder what would happen under the new paradigm in New York State and New York City. Would Stephanie help our value-added scores? Would Mom keep her home the day of the test? If she were on our registers, would that affect our ratings?'

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Doubts About High-Stakes Tests and Their Effect on Teachers

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

At a panel discussion on high-stakes testing Monday night, the chief academic officer of New York City's public schools said that principals were not alone in being concerned about the state's new teacher evaluation system. He also has qualms.

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Poll Finds Most City Voters Support Release of Teacher Ratings

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A majority of New York City voters -- 58 to 38 percent -- approve of the public release of ratings for thousands of public school teachers, even though a plurality of voters believe that the ratings are flawed, a new poll released early Wednesday has found.

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Charting the Stages of Teacher Data Report Grief

Friday, March 09, 2012

A Queens English teacher writes: "The feeling when your teacher data report arrives by e-mail is akin to going over the crest of a roller coaster, realizing you’ve lost your wallet, and stepping where the last stair ought to have been, all rolled into one nauseating package. It’s an event that you know may have drastic implications for your career, but you also know the result is as random as a scratch-off lottery ticket. "

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Examining Teacher Rankings

Monday, March 05, 2012

Schools and teachers are still reeling from the release and publication of their performance ratings -- particularly at two Brooklyn schools, where teachers received low ratings despite the schools' otherwise excellent reputations. Also, how Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposed budget could affect child care and after-school programs.

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What Should Be Learned From the Teacher Rankings?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

As parents, teachers and others try to make sense of the teacher rankings that were released on Friday, an editor at The New Yorker wonders what she is supposed to think about the low scores for teachers at her child's high-performing middle school. And The Atlantic looks back at what happened after The Los Angeles Times devised and published its own teacher rankings several years ago.

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For Teachers and Principals, Anger, Sadness and a Need to Explain

Monday, February 27, 2012

Some teachers said they worried that the public release of individual teacher data was going to lead to fights over high-performing students, and to the neglect of those who most need their help. Others said they were angry that it reduced their teaching careers to a sliver of data. And principals spent the first day back after a week-long vacation trying to explain to parents that numbers can’t capture “the magical instruction that goes on every day’’ inside the classroom.

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No Way Out of the Evaluation Trap

Monday, February 27, 2012

A teacher writes: I spoke to my students, cajoled them, threatened them, contacted their counselors and called their homes repeatedly. I try everything I can think of, and sometimes I fail. Does this mean my name ought to be on page 3 of The New York Post as a poster boy for everything wrong with education?

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After a Tumultuous Week, It's Back to School

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last week was February break for city schools, but it was hard to tell, given the tumult of public school-related news. Not only was an audit released by the city pointing to serious problems tied to credits and exams at nine high schools, but the city also finally made public its rankings of individual teachers after a long legal battle.

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College Racial Gap Continues to Grow

Friday, February 24, 2012

Richard Perez-Pena reports in The New York Times that the nation reached a milestone as of last March, with more than 30 percent of American adults holding at least a bachelor's degree, and nearly 11 percent holding at least a master's degree. That is up from 26.2 percent and 8.7 percent 10 years earlier. But the news is less hopeful when it comes to blacks and Latinos, "who not only continue to trail far behind whites, the gap has also widened in the last decade."

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Gates Defends Teachers, Denounces Public 'Shaming'

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In an opinion article in Thursday's New York Times, Bill Gates -- famous for Microsoft and his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a deep-pocketed supporter of causes related to school reform, including more accountability for teachers -- comes out strongly against the release of teacher data reports, calling it a public shaming of teachers.

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Ravitch Says New Evaluation System Is 'Madness'

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The public schools may be closed all week for February Break, but critics and other writers are busy examining the new teacher evaluation agreement that was reached last week. Among the critics: Diane Ravitch and The Daily News columnist, Juan Gonzalez.

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Balance Is Key to Success of the New Evaluation System

Friday, February 17, 2012

A professor who has researched the merits of value-added teacher assessments writes: "In their agreement, the state Education Department and teachers’ union struck a delicate balance between a useful -- but imprecise -- measure of student progress under a given teacher, and respect for the professional judgment of educators. State educators should resist the temptation to place more emphasis on tests that are not up to the task.'

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Affluent New York Parents Born Abroad Prefer Public Schools

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Times reports on Wednesday that, of the roughly 15,500 households in the city with school-age children where the total income is at least $150,000 and both parents were born abroad, some 10,500, or 68 percent, use only the public schools. That is about twice the rate of parents who were born in America and are in the same income bracket.

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New Study Likely to Roil Teacher Value Debate

Friday, January 06, 2012

A new, large national study finds that teachers who help raise their students' test scores have a lasting impact on their lives, including increasing their earnings, lowering their chances of a teenage pregnancy and improving their likelihood of enrolling in college.

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