vam needs to go vamoose!

In Common Core, Education, Education advocacy, School reform on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 at 06:32


as you can see  from the article (and, there are MANY more studies and research) show that vam DOES NOT WORK:

“VAMs should be viewed within the context of quality improvement, which distinguishes aspects of quality that can be attributed to the system from those that can be attributed to individual teachers, teacher preparation programs, or schools. Most VAM studies find that teachers account for about 1% to 14% of the variability in test scores, and that the majority of opportunities for quality improvement are found in the SYSTEM-LEVEL conditions. Ranking teachers by their VAM scores can have unintended consequences that reduce quality.”


this is from the amazing diane ravitch, a true warrior against anything that HURTS our children and is unnecessary of downright wrong.  i respect and admire her so very much.

from arne-white suburban moms-duncan, who”told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were” (retrieved from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/16/arne-duncan-white-surburban-moms-upset-that-common-core-shows-their-kids-arent-brilliant/).  funny, because diane ravitch is not a white suburban mom, jonathan kozol is not a white suburban mom, richard woods (running for state school superintendent in my good old state of geaoria, is not a white suburban mom (richard,] is the ONLY georgia candidate for superintendent who is wholly against common core (see: http://woodsforsuper.com/teachereval-testing-standards.html)

AND…I am NOT a white suburban mom (my kids are furry and have four legs and, thankfully, no opposing thumbs for which to bubble in answer sheets).  additionally, i already know my kids are JUST as brilliant as i think they are!  arne would not convince me otherwise…even if they could take tests! 

let us go back to arne for a moment and his reaction to the ACTUAL quantitative research about vam.  in another brilliant diane ravitch article (see: http://dianeravitch.net/2014/05/19/strauss-what-does-arne-think-of-new-vam-studies/), diane writes about valerie strauss calling the u.s. department of education to ask if arne was aware of the MULTITUDE of research (even a GATES funded study) proving vam was not an accurate and, as one study put it,  “VAM ratings had about the same relationship to reading and math scores as to changes in a student’s height”: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/05/13/32value-add.h33.html).  and she received the following response:  “Strauss called the U.S. Department of Education to ask whether Secretary Duncan was aware of the research and whether it had changed his views. The answers: yes, he was aware of the research; no, it had not changed his views.”

huh?!?!?!  maybe arne was playing basketball during his statistics class.


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