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ERIC Number: EJ1015332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan-29
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Legal Issues in the Use of Student Test Scores and Value-Added Models (VAM) to Determine Educational Quality
Pullin, Diana
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v21 n6 Jan 2013
A growing number of states and local schools across the country have adopted educator evaluation and accountability programs based on the use of student test scores and value-added models (VAM). A wide array of potential legal issues could arise from the implementation of these programs. This article uses legal analysis and social science evidence to discuss potential legal challenges by educators to the use of VAM that should be considered by public policy makers. It also discusses potential ways VAM might be used as evidence in support of legal claims by students concerning access to educational opportunity. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VI; Debra P v Turlington; Equal Educational Opportunities Act 1974; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001
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