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The Answer Sheet Archive: Matthew Di Carlo

Value-added assessment: Theory vs practice

Conflating the importance of teacher quality with the ability to measure it carries big risks, and can lead states, districts and the media to miss the trees for the forest.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 3, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Matthew Di Carlo, Teachers  | Tags:  la times, la times teacher, los angeles times, los angeles times teachers, los angeles times teachers series, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation, teachers, teachers and value-added, teachers database, value added  
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Eliminating seniority-based layoffs: 4 things to consider

In a school reform environment in which seniority-based layoffs of teachers are considered old thinking, here are four things to consider about the alternatives.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 9, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Matthew Di Carlo, Teachers  | Tags:  seniority-based layoffs, teacher layoffs, value-added, value-added formulas, value-added methods  
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The biggest flaw in Gates value-added study

Were the conclusions of a major Gates Foundation study on value-added measures to evaluate teachers predetermined?

By Valerie Strauss  | January 14, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Matthew Di Carlo, Research, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  MET project, MET study, assessing teachers, bill gates, bill gates foundation, gates foundation, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation, value-added, value-added measures  
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What 2010 education research really shows about reform

A review of 2010 education research on charter schools, value-added measures and merit pay shows that the results were not great news for supporters of these reforms.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 7, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Matthew Di Carlo, Research, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  charter schools, education research, market-based reforms, shankar blog, value-added, value-added measures  
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Will firing 5-10 percent of teachers make us Finland?

Michelle Rhee and Bill Gates like to say that our public schools would become high-performing if we only fired the bottom 5-10 percent of teachers. Here's an examination of that notion.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Matthew Di Carlo, Parents, Research  | Tags:  assessing teachers, bill gates, eric hanushek, evaluating teachers, finland, michelle rhee, shankar blog, teachers  
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Why teaching experience really matters

Bill Gates just urged school districts and states to stop rewarding teachers for their experience in the classroom and/or advanced education degrees. Arne Duncan makes the same argument. But evidence shows that teaching experience DOES matter.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 20, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Matthew Di Carlo, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  arne duncan, bill gates, class size, does experience matter, education department, education secretary duncan, lowering class size, raising class size, research on class size, research on teaching experience, school reform, schools, shankar blog, standardized tests, teacher experience, teacher pay, teacher quality, teacher salaries, teachers, teaching experience, value added  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Rhee's testing legacy: An open question, Valerie Strauss , November 2, 2010
The real effect of teachers union contracts, Valerie Strauss , October 25, 2010
About that Time magazine education poll, Valerie Strauss , September 14, 2010
What does "charterness" mean, exactly?, Valerie Strauss , July 15, 2010
 
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