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OPINION: As New York City public schools open, here are three strategies to help every student succeed under the new education law

Hechinger Report - September 07, 2017 999

As U.S. states roll out the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act under an administration hostile to public education, these states must support the development of excellent, nurturing teachers who provide a rich learning experience. Happily, as New York City public school students return to class, New York state’s committee to implement this federal education law […]


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The 21st Century Principal: What Happens When Schools and School Districts Use VAMs to Make Decisions about Teachers?

Spigot Community via @LearningLurker - November 12, 2017 379

Technology, Teaching, and Public Education Advocate Friday, November 10, 2017 What Happens When Schools and School Districts Use VAMs to Make Decisions about Teachers? Many school administrators are using value-added measures in making decisions about teachers as if these statistical measures represent the latest, settled and unquestionable science. Those who do this are making a grave error. Despite companies such as SAS, who peddle their EVAAS data systems as the salvation of public education, the science behind VAMs is not settled, and there is even enough doubt about them, that the American Statistical Association issued a strong statement in 2014 against their use in decision-making when it comes to teachers.