Which is better: Bad, or Wrong?

Some days there’s an overload of good reading, and today is one of them.

There’s this blog on School Finance (yeah, I know, but follow the money isn’t just a random group of words…) and the most recent post is “Firing teachers based on bad (VAM) versus wrong (SGP) measures of effectiveness: Legal note” and takes a good look at two systems being proposed and/or actively used to evaluate teachers.

While I agree that there’s room for improvement in teacher evaluation (and student evaluation, and principal evaluation, and CEO evaluation, and elected official evaluation, and so on), it is incomprehensible to think that either of these systems is an accurate measure of teacher ability and effectiveness. Maybe we should pay politicians based on the number of jobs they create…

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