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  1. Jul 2019
    1. educators should not only understand the function and vision, but should manipulate the same to meet the needs of all learners.

      Ah! shift in agency from the standards to the educators. This represents a fundamental divide in ed reform. While ostensibly aiming for same target, target exists in parallel universes...

      Speaks to Teemu's contrast: accountability is more for businesses while 'responsibility' is for educators and those in the human services.

  2. Dec 2016
    1. This kind of minimal observation—analogous to car inspections—would be less taxing but still yield useful information

      The problem with observations is they have been too minimal. One of the key differences to high performing charters when compared to their urban peers has been the amount of observation and coaching involved in the classroom.

    2. classrooms under control and are teaching in a responsible way.

      This is what happens when economists speak of teaching. They see it as merely controlling students and ensuring that they are all in their seats like good little cattle. Don't forget all of these VAM models came from agriculture. My students aren't cattle.

    3. This is spending a lot of money to find that nearly all teachers are effective and to generate teacher feedback that does not improve student learning

      Could we not make the same argument about the test scores? If NAEP and TIMMS growth have been stagnant for the last 25 years doesn't that mean accountability based reform are a waste of money?

      The idea that any employee should go through the year and not have an observation and be evaluated by their supervisor seems silly,

    4. The finding is saying observations and test scores are measuring different things.

      We needed a study for this.They are uncorrelated because they are different measures. That being said we do not pay enough attention to capacity of evaluators nor do we use teacher observations in growth models.

    5. Using test scores to evaluate teachers has been controversial, to put it mildly

      Just because we should doesn't mean we can. I just do not think enough unique variance year over year can be teased out from teacher effects

    6. But what principals observe is whether teachers are teaching. The crucial question is whether students are learning.

      A good observation report should make the connection to student learning. Too often evaluators do not focus on the learning.

    7. A principal (or district administrator) comes into a teacher’s classroom with a measurement tool in hand (now more often on a laptop), and checks off whether he or she observes various things in the classroom.

      Actually a good teacher observation model is much more than a checklist approach. It is not a dichotomous measure as the author suggests

  3. Sep 2016
    1. The judge noted in his opinion that evaluations almost always rate Connecticut teachers as effective.

      You can be an effective teacher and still have students score low on tests. They are two different measures. The idea that student scores are low so majority of teachers must be ineffective is a false claim.

      Would you expect the majority of doctor and lawyers to be ineffective? No, people with decades of experience and 8-10 years of schooling are surprisingly good at their jobs.

      We can not fire our way to greatness. Instead we should invest in our teaching corp.

  4. Jan 2016
    1. Let’s start with this central assertion, that Professor Green’s paper was “an academic study.

      Did the bloggers make the assertion. I do not think the authors did. In the abstract they clearly refer to this as an "article"

  5. Dec 2015
    1. evaluation is only going to be a feedback tool when it could be so much more

      only going to be...this statement gets me. This is exactly what a teacher evaluation system should strive to be.

      An effective feedback tool leads to growth. In fact we know from John Hattie's work that effective feedback has some of the largest impact on learning.

      I want evaluation systems that are based on being effective feedback tools for teacher growth.

    2. Ineffective teachers are eligible for dismissal

      Here I agree. We need to make it easier to give principals control over hiring and firing. There needs to be some flexibility in tenure systems.

    3. Effectiveness data are linked to teacher preparation programs

      There is zero evidence that this is even statistically possible. In fact the AERA and a majority of Deans at Schools of Education have come out against this practice.

    4. 11 states have evaluation systems for principals that are exactly the same as the requirements for teachers

      This is silly we need different leadership and instructional capacity rubrics for school leaders.

    5. The use of student learning objectives/outcomes (SLOs) isn’t helping differentiate teacher performance.

      This is because SLO's are a failure. Trying to have all teachers base their goals on student growth is a fallacy. I know the "alternative" is to judge teachers solely on HST testing but then you have art teachers judged on reading scores...that's silly...so in an effort to create "objectivity" teachers have to right SLO's. These contribute to overtesting, fall victim to Campbell's Law, and make no sense.

      Why can't a goal for an art teahcer be: "Create a community based art show that connects students to local artists..."

      Because it can't be quantified.

      SLOs need reform.

    6. But there’s also a real downside for states that indulge critics by delaying implementation, adopting hold harmless policies or reducing the weight of student achievement in evaluations

      There is some statistical reasons for doing so. If you are going to use Value Added scores you need multiple years of data. Switching assessments reset the clock.

      A delay was statistically required.

    7. There is a troubling pattern emerging across states with a track record of implementing new performance-based teacher evaluation systems. The vast majority of teachers – almost all – are identified as effective or highly effective.

      Why is this hard to believe? That a majority of teachers would be effective. This idea that we must have a witch hunt to "weed" out ineffective teachers makes NCTQ reports suspect.

      Could you imaging saying the same thing about doctors or pilots? Wouldn't you want the vast majority of those flying you throw the sky or taking a scalpel to your skin to be effective or highly effective?

  6. Aug 2015
    1. We think the most promising approach is a version of the second model, “If YouBuild It, They Will Come.” We would charge the National AssessmentGoverning Board with setting standards—in grades 3-12 in reading, math, andscience, for starters—and developing world-class tests aligned with those stan-dards and the underlying content frameworks.

      Connecting to standards and assessment was something baked into the DNA of national standards.

  7. Jul 2015
    1. But with more than 1,200 high schools still graduating less than two-thirds of their students, now is not the time to be tough on data and weak on action.

      But wait...I thought your promise of accountability fixed the drop-out problem. If it is a problem still then it sounds like accountability based reform did not work.

    2. highlighted educational disparities between white students and students from low-income families, students of color, and other traditionally disadvantaged student subgroups.

      This same kind of data could be gathered without annual testing. Newsflash: Being born white and rich has its privileges. Do we need to spend hundreds of millions each year to prove this point?

    3. recent historic increases in high school graduation rates while relieving states of their responsibility for turning around low-performing schools and ensuring that all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

      This is fear-mongering in conjecture. Include annual testing or graduation rates will plummet. Such a base rhetorical move.

  8. Apr 2015
    1. However, accountability is and has been inescapable.

      Just because accountability is inescapable does not mean it has to be done incorrectly.

    2. CAEP is a gift to teacher education.

      Says nobody ever who has had to waste countless hours doing SPAR reports.

    3. These regulations are an effort to accomplish what teacher education has failed to do. The real need is for teacher education to clean its own house and set accountability standards for the profession.

      Because we do not already spend in ordinate amount of time and treasure on accreditation?

    4. As would be expected, the regulations were greeted with rejection by many teacher education programs and with organized opposition by the trade associations

      Yes because we are all bad and hate improvement. More blame the teachers stuff.

    5. Late last year, the U.S. Department of Education issued draft regulations for the oversight of teacher education. They took this action only after convening a broad panel of educators, which met over an extended period and proved unable to reach agreement on accountability measures

      So the leading experts on measurement could not agree on how to hold schools of education accountable for student learning and the government went ahead and did it anyway? That isn't inevitability that is stupidity.

  9. Mar 2015
    1. know that quality teaching is the most important factor influencing student achievement

      This line is untrue. Any of the "economic" statistical models being pushed on education recognize the small but significant contribution teachers make is only after controlling for all other external elements. While technically true (again after poverty, language, parental income, parental education, etc) the contribution teachers make in predicting student performance explains only a little variance and this fluctuates greatly.

  10. Jan 2015
    1. growth data in evaluating teacher performance

      There still is not enough evidence, in fact much more against, that VAM and SPG are sensitive enough to parse out the variance teachers have on student test scores.

      This is especially troublesome for teachers who work with the neediest or brightest students.