A question occurred to Schechter recently when he was preparing testimony to give before the Massachusetts Board of Education, which will soon hold hearings on whether to base teacher evaluations on students’ standardized test scores — and if so, to what extent.
The question was: How do the schools serving the children of President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan handle this important school reform issue? He decided to find out.
The issue of linking a teacher’s salary and pay to how well students do on a standardized test has come to dominate the national education debate.
With the Obama administration’s support, more states are passing laws to connect teacher pay and test scores, even though experts on assessment say it is a bad idea.
The tests being used today were not designed to evaluate teachers (and they don’t do a good job of assessing students, either).
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/teacher-evaluations-at-the-schools-that-obama-duncan-picked-for-their-kids/2011/04/15/AF1S1cwD_story.html?postshare=7991440757262555
We don’t tie teacher pay to test scores because we don’t believe them to be a reliable indicator of teacher effectiveness.
-- Statement from the schools that Obama and Duncan picked for their kids
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