Topic: Teachers

Evaluating “Value-Added” Measurement of Teacher Effectiveness: Not Just a Houston Problem

A public forum sponsored by the Houston Federation of Teachers last week shed some needed light on the frailty of the value-added methodology in use in Houston ISD. But many issues raised at the forum pertain to all value-added methodologies currently in use to measure teachers' effects on student learning, not just to the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) adopted...

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Certification Board Still Off Track With Ethics Rules

Not much has changed since Texas AFT testified against an August draft revision of the Educators’ Code of Ethics before the State Board for Educator Certification. The SBEC staff tomorrow will bring a slightly tweaked version back to the board for adoption. Texas AFT will be there again to say this proposal will not "clarify and better address" issues of...

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New Teacher Project’s Take on Teacher Evaluation–AFT Comments

The New Teacher Project is part of a chorus of national education-policy organizations that have sung the same tune on teacher appraisal, supporting a heavy stress on students’ achievement-test results in the evaluation of teachers. That orientation was much in evidence when a New Teacher Project leader testified recently before the Texas Senate Education Committee. But TNTP’s just-published guidelines for...

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Not Waiting for Superman

The much-hyped movie “Waiting for Superman” has been the focus this week of a media campaign that scapegoats teachers and their unions for all the ills of the nation’s schools, while portraying the operators of select charter schools and self-designated “school reformers” as heroes.  Read More

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Testing Experts Say It’s a Serious Mistake to Make Standardized Test Scores a Dominant Factor in Teacher Evaluation

Even as the craze for judging teachers by their students’ standardized test scores reaches new heights, now comes a sharply worded report from a distinguished group of testing experts who all agree that test-driven teacher evaluation is a really bad idea. Their new study, published by the Economic Policy Institute, explains in detail what’s wrong with the seemingly simple and...

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National Poll Shows Community Support for Teachers

The latest Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward Public Schools shows strong public support for a positive rather than punitive approach to improving school and teacher performance. A solid majority, 54 percent of those polled, said the best way to turn around low-performing schools is to keep them open with the existing teachers and principal and to...

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Texas AFT Prevails–Court Ruling Upholding Ban on Minimum Grades Will Not Be Appealed by School Districts

Texas AFT has received notification that there will be no appeal by school districts from a June court decision upholding the state ban on local minimum-grade policies. Under these local policies, teachers have been required to give students grades no lower than some district-mandated minimum, even if the students have refused to do any assignments or have failed to attend...

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