Bad Policy knows no bounds. This is the same policy the Delaware’s clueless GA walked into with the fatally flawed SB51.
As I understand it, USDOE is going to go ahead with the push to have teacher preparation programs rated in part based on the student growth outcomes of children taught by individuals receiving credentials from those programs. Now, the layers of problems associated with this method are many and I’ve addressed them previously here and in professional presentations.
- This post summarizes my earlier concerns about how the concept fails both statistically and practically.
- This post explains what happens at the ridiculous extremes of this approach (a warped, endogenous cycle of reformy awesomeness)
- These slides present a more research based, and somewhat less snarky critique
Now, back to the snark.
This post builds on my most recent post in which I challenged the naive assertion that current teacher ratings really tell us where the good teachers are. Specifically, I pointed out that in Massachusetts, if we accept the teacher ratings…
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