Feb 242012

Jose Vilson on an initiative by the New York Times that is, in his view, another step in the deprofessionalization of teaching. I agree. Other than sports, there's no area where so many people think they know better than the professionals doing it.

N ot sure if you’ve heard, but, against their own wishes -ahem-, the NYC Department of Education is releasing their infamous Teacher Data Reports, a set of papers ostensibly compiling a teacher’s student scores on English and Math scores from 3rd to 8th grade to determine their effectiveness, normalizing scores for effects like poverty and growth. For anyone that finds this as absurd as I do, you’ll know that not only is there a huge margin of er…

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