December 12, 2011
In an important article in Education Week, Willis D. Hawley and Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, explain why students’ cultural identities are integral to “measuring” teacher effectiveness.
As it stands now, student achievement test scores are being used as the measure of teacher effectiveness in terms of the value added measure (VAM). VAM is a data driven measurement that is totally based on changes in test scores from one year to the next for an individual teacher.… Read more
October 22, 2011
High stakes testing should not be used to make significant decisions about student performance (achievement in a course, passing a course, being promoted, graduating) and should be banned. In this post we explore formative assessment methods, and show how teachers to make decisions and judgments about student achievement should use a combination of formative and summative assessments.
Some would argue that we don’t have the science right to make such a decision.… Read more