Race to the Top placed a $4.45 Billion bet that the way to improve schools was to tie teachers’ evaluations to their students’ test scores.
As it happens, the state of Tennessee has been using value-added assessment for 20 years, though the stakes have not been as high as they are now.
What can we learn from the Tennessee experience. According to Andy Spears of the Tennessee Education Report, well, gosh, sorry: nothing.
Spears has a list of lessons learned. Here are the key takeaways:
“4. Tennessee has actually lost ground in terms of student achievement relative to other states since the implementation of TVAAS.
Tennessee received a D on K-12 achievement when compared to other states based on NAEP achievement levels and gains, poverty gaps, graduation rates, and Advanced Placement test scores (Quality Counts 2011, p. 46). Educational progress made in other states on NAEP [from 1992 to…
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