ERIC Number: EJ964221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
What's the Value in Value-Added?
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v77 n2 p46-49 Oct 2011
A growing number of school districts are adopting "value-added" measures of teaching quality to award bonuses or even tenure. And two competitive federal grants are spurring them on. Districts using value-added data are encouraged by the results. 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, can't compensate for an otherwise weak teacher evaluation system, they say. The federal government only awards its Race to the Top grant to states that permit using student achievement data to evaluate teachers, even while experts debate whether student test scores can be used legitimately for that purpose. Meanwhile, journalists have been accused of adding fuel to the controversy by publishing value-added rankings of individual teachers.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Statistical Analysis, Federal Government, Grants, Achievement Gains, Tenure, Scores, Standardized Tests, School Districts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top