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“. . . LAUSD school chief Ramon Cortines . . . announced that the district would adopt a “value added” system to track students’ test scores and therefore evaluate a teacher’s effectiveness over time. . . . and possibly even determine their job security in the district.”

“I put the same questions to Carlos Garcia, San Francisco’s schools chief, . . . suggests that test scores should only be “a percentage” of a teacher’s evaluation.”

“Dismissals for performance . . . Friday’s firings mark the beginning of Rhee’s bid to make student achievement a high-stakes proposition for teachers, establishing job loss as a possible consequence of poor classroom results.”

“Simulation results suggest that value-added estimates . . . error rates for overall false positive and negative errors are 10 and 20 percent, respectively.”

Value-Added Analysis

The Los Angeles Times today launched the Los Angeles Teacher Ratings database, with information related to the effectiveness of 6,000 Los Angeles Unified elementary school teachers at improving their students performance on standardized tests. This data, and its publication, has been the source of much controversy since the Times began the project, and is representative of a larger national conflict over the direction of education policy.

Read more at the LA Times, Grading the Teachers »

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