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Minding Our Health: The Nudge, Part Two

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. The topic of the hearing was reducing healthcare expenditures on chronic illness, which they claimed would amount of hundreds of billions of dollars in “savings.” Given the amount of money on the table, … Continue reading Minding Our Health: The Nudge, Part Two

Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

Reposted with permission from Educationalchemy. ESSA was designed to open the flood gates for neoliberal profiteers to not only profit from public educations services (I,e. tests or curriculum) but to completely own it… “Social impact bond projects are very definitely privatisation. PFI/PPP projects … Continue reading Step-by-step Privatization and Profit: ESSA Delivers Schools to Wall Street with a Bow on Top

A look at the MAP test and Value Added Measures (VAM)

Beginning this fall, teachers who have been on this system for two school years prior to 2012-2013, and who teach tested subjects and grades, will receive a student growth rating based upon two assessments and a two year rolling average of student assessment data.” – José Banda, Superintendent Seattle Public Schools There has been a push underway to judge a teacher’s performance, or that of a principal, a school, a district or a superintendent based on student test scores. Someone had the idea to determine how well a teacher or a school was faring based on how a student was … Continue reading A look at the MAP test and Value Added Measures (VAM)

Part 1: High stakes testing : A little history

I will be posting a series on high stakes testing and opting out on this blog. Why? In other states where high stakes testing has become the norm, parents and educators are discovering that what is happening is harmful to their children and to education in general and they are pushing back by opting out. Unfortunately, high stakes testing has officially begun in Seattle. It started with the following memo from Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda issued this school year: “Beginning this fall, teachers who have been on this system for two school years prior to 2012-2013, and who … Continue reading Part 1: High stakes testing : A little history

Video: The nonsense of Value Added Measures (VAM)

A peer-reviewed study on VAM: The SAS Education Value-Added Assessment System (SAS® EVAAS®) in the Houston Independent School District (HISD): Intended and Unintended Consequences. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 20(12) The introduction: The SAS Educational Value-Added Assessment System (SAS® EVAAS®) is the most widely used value-added system in the country. It is also self-proclaimed as “the most robust and reliable” system available, with its greatest benefit to help educators improve their teaching practices. This study critically examined the effects of SAS® EVAAS® as experienced by teachers, in one of the largest, high-needs urban school districts in the nation — the Houston … Continue reading Video: The nonsense of Value Added Measures (VAM)

Value Added Measures: What they are and what they’re not

Value Added Measures, also referred to as VAM, and sometimes referred to as Value Added Modeling or Value Added Assessments, has made it’s way to Seattle. It has been pushed by Bill Gates and other ed reformers who are not educated in the field of education or for that matter in mathematical formulas and their meanings. In our state, this evaluation system was heralded by the League of Education Voters (LEV) and the Washington State PTA (WSPTA) as a way to judge “teacher effectiveness”, a big item on the agenda of the ed reformers. Legislation was pushed through by legislators … Continue reading Value Added Measures: What they are and what they’re not