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ERIC Number: EJ1048501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0014-4029
Evaluating Special Educator Effectiveness: Addressing Issues Inherent to Value-Added Modeling
Steinbrecher, Trisha D.; Selig, James P.; Cosbey, Joanna; Thorstensen, Beata I.
Exceptional Children, v80 n3 p323-336 Apr 2014
States are increasingly using value-added approaches to evaluate teacher effectiveness. There is much debate regarding whether these methods should be employed and, if employed, what role such methods should play in comprehensive teacher evaluation systems. In this article, we consider the use of value-added modeling (VAM) to evaluate special educators. We examine the potential difficulties that may be due to individualized needs and characteristics of students with disabilities, the context within which special education services are delivered, and aspects of VAM that have a differential impact on the value-added scores of special education teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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