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FairTest page on misuse of standardized test scores to evaluate teachers

Susan Notes:

Here you will find short, readable, research=based resources. Send them to your local and state boards of education; use them in your letters to editor. And so on.

by FairTest: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing

FairTest maintains a page containing material= about the misuse of standardized test scores to evaluate, pay, promote or fire school teachers and administrators. It includes material critiquing what is called "value added measurement" or VAM and "growth models" . For
information on tests of teachers themselves (e.g., the Praxis), see http://fairtest.org/resources/teacher.

  • Student Test Scores: An Inaccurate Way to Judge Teachers (PDF)

  • FACT SHEET: Paying Teachers for Student Test Scores Damages Schools and Undermines Learning

  • FairTest and allies testified to Mass Board of Education against proposed educator evaluation proposals; their spoken comments are here

  • Written Testimony to Mass Board of Education against using student scores to judge teachers

  • See our fact sheets on testing students http://fairtest.org/fact+sheets/k-12 and our Case Against High Stakes Testing for more information on why student tests are inadequate for evaluating students -- and therefore also teachers

  • What's the Value of Growth Measures? by Gerald Bracey, 2007 Examiner article.

  • Testing Consortium Guidelines Unlikely to Improve Assessments, 2010 Examiner article

  • Fierce Resistance to Race to the Top Draft Guidelines Wins Modest Changes, 2009 Examiner article

  • *Value Added, Value Lost by Gerald Bracey, 2000 Examiner article.

    — FairTest


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