Monday, April 2, 2012

Evaluating Pediatricians like Teachers

Parents Across America suggests that using a Value Added Model for evaluating teachers is like using children's physical growth to evaluate pediatricians...
What’s next? Judging pediatricians on patient “growth”?

Judging pediatricians on the changes in the height and weight of their young patients as measured at their annual physicals from one year to the next makes just as much sense as using student “growth” on annual standardized reading and math tests to evaluate teachers.

But that’s just what the Chicago Public Schools will be doing beginning this fall, despite warnings from some 100 local education experts, who spoke out last week about the dangers of this evaluation model. Chicago Public Schools is rushing into a system in which test scores will soon account for up to 40% of a teacher’s job evaluation.
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