Policymakers have perverted teaching, and reduced the evaluation of teachers to a number based on questionable and unreliable data. Not only do researchers at major universities caution policymakers about using Value-Added Models (VAMs), but using such a system that is based on student test scores will destroy the central character of teaching.
As a teacher I have always been guided by several core principles to help my students learn. I believed that my role was to facilitate learning and to help students understand science that would be meaningful to their own lives. … Read more