ERIC Number: EJ912674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
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What's the Value in Value-Added?
District Administration, v47 n1 p48-50, 52 Jan 2011
As the profession of teaching continues to get more attention given recent events, a growing number of school districts from New York to California are adopting "value-added" measures of teaching quality to award bonuses or even tenure. And two competitive federal grants are spurring them on. The Teacher Incentive Fund has awarded 95 grants since 2006, mainly to districts. The Race to the Top competition awarded $4 billion in grants to 11 states and the District of Columbia in 2010. But researchers who support value-added measures advise caution. The ratings, which use a statistical method to judge teachers' contributions to their students' test scores, cannot compensate for an otherwise weak teacher evaluation system, they say. Individual value-added ratings, while informative, researchers say, can be skewed by random events, such as student illness or a neighborhood crisis, which are outside a teacher's control.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Researchers, Grants, Scores, Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, School Districts, Standardized Tests, Tenure
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top