Monthly Archives: February 2012

Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 2

In part 1 I demonstrated there was little correlation between how a teacher was rated in 2009 to how that same teacher was rated in 2010.  So what can be more crazy than a teacher being rated highly effective one … Continue reading

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Analyzing Released NYC Value-Added Data Part 1

The New York Times, yesterday, released the value-added data on 18,000 New York City teachers collected between 2007 and 2010.  Though teachers are irate and various newspapers, The New York Post, in particular, are gleeful, I have mixed feelings. For … Continue reading

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IMPACTed Wisdom Truth?

The big news in New York today is the release of the Teacher Data Reports (TDRs) for some 18,000 teachers.  These were ratings that the city calculated using a value-added model.  The New York Times is going to publish all … Continue reading

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New York State Tests: 5th Grade Math 2010

As I’ve looked through the state tests for questions that I considered ‘bad,’ I should mention that there are other things I object to besides ‘bad’ problems that are included on the test.  What I’ve noticed is a lack of … Continue reading

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New York State Tests: 4th Grade Math 2010

After critiquing the 3rd grade test, I saw a comment on Twitter that I was someone who had low expectations.  This person said that he could do questions like that when he was in 3rd grade.  I have no doubt … Continue reading

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New York State Tests: 3rd Grade 2010

I don’t know when the first time I took a bubble test was, but I don’t think I was aware of them back when I was in 3rd grade during the 1977-1978 school year.  At the time, though, I was … Continue reading

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New York State Tests: 7th grade math 2010

Looking over the 7th grade math test, I try to view it through someone else’s eyes — anyone’s eyes who is not a professional math teacher, and when I do, I think, “I forgot almost all this stuff.”  When you … Continue reading

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