Here are a few tables and graphs that tell a story about testing in Georgia since 2008. Using state data, I assembled a few graphs and charts for your use and interpretation.
Table 1. This a table showing scale scores on the state CRCT test in reading, English language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Chart 1: Scatter Plot of the same data. Note the trend in each subject.
Chart 2. Line Graph showing the trends that obvious in each subject.… Read more
Latest Story: Guest Letter by Mr. Ed Johnson, Advocate for Education, Atlanta, GA
Ed Johnson wrote a letter in response to the Atlanta Public Schools Equity Audit which was prepared by researchers at Georgia State University to look at differences in the characteristics across schools in the APS district. As you will see in Ed Johnson’s letter, he uses a form of thinking that looks at the APS as a whole, and not as separate schools, and applies the work of W.… Read more
According to the NCTQ, teacher preparation in the U.S. is failing, and again according to them, there is a significant data gap on what’s working.
Their stated goal is to fill this gap by providing those who want to be teachers to become “strategic” consumers by providing them with a ranking of the teacher prep programs in the country.
NCTQ states that its strategy is based on the review of medical education in the U.S.… Read more
The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has published in recent review of teacher preparation. The NCTQ is well-financed (Gates, Walton, Broad, New Ventures Fund, and many more), and the Fordham Foundation’s creation. Together, their goal is destroy teacher prep by convincing the nation that teacher preparation in the nations public and private colleges is failing. And to prove it, they’ve developed a set of standards, that Dr. Tom Slekar, Dean of the School of Education at Edgewood College (Madison, WI), says are so bad that “if our teacher education programs were evaluated “highly” by NCTQ we would be violating our mission/values and all the research on child development and teaching and learning.” (Interview published on Living in Dialog by Anthony Cody, May 27, 2014).… Read more
The NCTQ Review of Teacher Prep in the University System of Georgia is Feeble & Incompetent.
In this post I’m going to explain why I conclude that the NCTQ Review of Teacher Prep of the University System of Georgia colleges and universities that offer teacher education is feeble & incompetent.
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National Council for Teacher Quality Review: A Stacked Deck? In this post I am going to show that the make up of the NCTQ review of teacher prep panels represents a “stacked deck.” Instead of working with teacher educators directly, the NCTQ uses deceptive and inadequate methods to investigate teacher prep.
Who are these people who have signed on to participate in this type of review? What is in it for them?
If you were to design a study of the medical profession, do you think it would be a good idea to involve directly and in significant proportions professionals who are out there practicing medicine, whether they are physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians, and the many other professionals who make up the medical field?… Read more
This is another significant analysis of the use of VAM scores that are being used to make tenure and retention decisions about teachers. If you haven’t read any of Dr. O’Neil’s articles, here is a great one to start with, especially given the Vergara v California tentative decision in Los Angeles.
Originally posted on mathbabe:
Every now and then when I complain about the Value-Added Model (VAM), people send me links to recent papers written Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff like this one entitled Measuring the Impacts of Teachers II: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood or its predecessor Measuring the Impacts of Teachers I: Evaluating Bias in Teacher Value-Added Estimates.… Read more
In this post I am going to show why I think Georgia teachers continue to impress, especially when we look at the 2014 CRCT results in the context of the past decade.
In the wake of the Vergara v California tentative decision in which the plaintiffs claimed that lurking in many California classrooms were “grossly ineffective teachers.,” you have to wonder what is their evidence. They had NO facts to support this contention. The data they did present was in the form of opinions, and discredited VAM data in which good and bad teachers are identified using student test scores.… Read more
It’s begun. The School Board of Cobb County, Georgia, where I live, just voted (5-1-1) to purchase math books (print and digital) aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). McGraw-Hill books will be purchased for K-8, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for high school. The cost for these CCSS math books: $7 million. This translates into about $64 per student for the 109,760 students in the district. The estimated cost of supplying all students in Georgia with new math books would be about $102 million.… Read more