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QOTD Re: Your Track Record

Quote of the Day today goes to our friend Giancarlo Tello, taking note of Tom Moran’s advice how to vote in this post: Don’t love Hillary? Fine, but vote for her anyway “That’s what y’all said about Christie.” Giancarlo won’t…
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Data does not a great teacher make

Cross-posted from Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi.

And so the data reporting begins.

The Star Ledger reported this weekend:

For the first time, New Jersey’s Department of Education will publish a centralized database with the aggregate teacher evaluation results for each school across the state.

The 2013-14 data, to be released next week, will not include performance ratings for specific teachers. But parents will be able to see how many teachers in a school received each of the four possible ratings, according to the state….Before 2013-14, teachers were essentially graded on a thumbs up or thumbs down system, based on a century-old law that required evaluations. Nearly 100 percent of teachers were deemed acceptable….More than 97 percent of New Jersey teachers received positive evaluation scores for 2013-14, the state announced in June (Hmmm… 97% isn’t that ‘nearly 100%’? Just sayin’.) But unlike previous years, the new system creates more distinction between perforance levels and allows the state to further analyze the data for useful trends.

For example, teachers in their first or second year were twice as likely to receive a “partially effective” review as more expereinced teachers.

Meanwhile, experienced teachers were twice as likely to get the highest rating. (emphasis mine)

Ah, ya gotta love the irony. Nothing screams, “We need excellent educators in every classroom!” like underfunding public education, piling enormous amounts of data collection and test prep on top of all the mountains of work classroom teachers already have, blaming, shaming, disrespecting, devaluing, under-paying, slashing and burning, VAM-ing and scaming us into thinking all of this is good ‘for the children’. No wonder 40-50% of educators leave the profession within the first 5 years.