Now DC Is Suspending Use Of Test Scores To Fire Teachers


The DC District was among the first jurisdictions to evaluate teachers using that factor. It has fired hundreds of teachers under the system.  But for now, the District of Columbia school system won’t include students’ standardized test scores in teacher evaluations for the upcoming academic year, admitting that for now, test scores are totally irrelevant…

Yet Delaware is going forwards???

(Plus, Mississippi and Louisiana are both one step away from pulling out of Common Core….)

It’s the test, stupid…..

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Big Lesson for Delaware’s Bellatrix Lestrange


Massachusetts’ Teacher’s Union just flipped their leadership…. In a surprise victory, their heir-apparent lost for these reasons….

The upstart 57-year-old winner won her race by openly criticizing the current union president, Paul Toner, for his record of negotiating with — rather than fighting — officials on the development of teacher assessments and the Common Core,

She supports a three-year moratorium on standardized testing and teacher assessments and denounces charter schools. Though these initiatives have never been popular with teachers unions, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, under Toner, took a softer line, seeking compromise rather than confrontation….

She argued that teachers had lost ground under Toner because of his view that “power lies in personal access to the political elite.”

Defending himself, Toner took a different view, saying he tried to “build relationships and make sure the union point of view is heard and seen” in the halls of power.  Blah, blah, blah.



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Teacher Tenure Court Decision Based Off Erronous Data


When deciding the California Teacher Tenure case, the judge cited that the reason for his ruling was that poor teachers were kept in classes hurting the advancement of minorities…  They did not get equal education under the law.

He cited as the predominant reason for his report, a study by Berliner that said many of California’s teachers were grossly ineffective.

The study cites between 1-3% of California’s teachers were grossly ineffective…  Due to California’s large size that could amount between 2750 and 8250….

Slate Magazine’s Jordan Wiessmann called up the expert….

Weissmann:  “Are you the same  Mr. Berliner in the report?”

Berliner:  “Ich bin ein Berliner”

“I pulled that out of the air,” says Berliner an emeritus professor of education at Arizona State University. “There’s no data on that. That’s just a ballpark estimate, based on my visiting lots and lots of classrooms.” He also never used the words “grossly…

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