Schools continue to struggle to find a valid measure of teacher effectiveness so more and more schools are turning to test scores for the answer. In a recent report in eSchoolNews the debate continues over the value-added model.
To read more, you can view the artilce at http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/01/12/should-student-test-scores-be-used-to-evaluate-teachers/?ast=91&astc=8063
What are your thoughts on using test scores to measure teacher effectivenss?
I read an article recently from eClassroom News stating that part of the reason for the Chicago teachers' strike relates to teachers being evaluated based on student performance.
Check out "Strike highlights division on teacher evaluation" to read more about this topic.
The article states: "The Chicago Teachers Union argues the new evaluation system being put into place in the city is unfair because it relies too heavily on students’ standardized test scores and doesn’t take into account external factors like poverty, violence, and homelessness that affect performance."
What do you think of this argument?