Is “value added” data driven?

In the debate over using student test scores to evaluate teachers, Eduwonkette offers this interesting piece of data: If you want new reasons (not related to testing dates) to sweat about the fallibility of value-added, check out this paper, which was presented last weekend at AEFA by Tim Sass (in collaboration with RAND’s J.R. Lockwood […]

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Why no NEA Obama endorsement?

Why no NEA endorsement? An article in EdWeek by David Hoff describes the major role the AFT is playing in the Pennsylvania primary, working the precincts for Clinton. The NEA has made no endorsement. Why not? My state organization, the IEA, made a clear Obama recommendation (we don’t call our endorsement’s “endorsements”) when Illinois held […]

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Give aways.

From Andy Rotherham: And, speaking of weddings, the great Rick Hess took a day off from writing books and got married last weekend in Arlington, VA. It was lovely and Rick has found a truly wonderful woman to be his partner. At the risk of being an ungracious guest though, I have to say that […]

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Sunday links.

Alberto R. Gonzales, like many others recently unemployed, has discovered how difficult it can be to find a new job. Mr. Gonzales, the former attorney general, who was forced to resign last year, has been unable to interest law firms in adding his name to their roster, Washington lawyers and his associates said in recent […]

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McQuote of the day.

From an interview with David Sirota: It’s the influx of illegals into places where they’ve never seen a Hispanic influence before. You probably see more emotion in Iowa than you do in Arizona on this issue. I was in a town in Iowa, and twenty years ago there were no Hispanics in the town. Then […]

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