Over at Diane Ravitch's blog, she has more evidence of corporate ed reform crack-up. I'll just let her tell you:
At a panel discussion in New York City, Bridgeport Superintendent
Paul Vallas made a startling admission. He said that the efforts to
develop a teacher evaluation metric was a huge mess and that no one
“The Bridgeport, Conn. superintendent — who has served stints in
Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Orleans and earned a reputation as a
turnaround consultant for struggling districts with big budget gaps —
said reforms he backed were at risk of collapsing “under the weight of
how complicated we’re making it.”
“We’re working on the evaluation system right now,” Vallas said of
Bridgeport. “And I’ll tell you, it is a nightmare.” Vallas went further
and said: ““We’re losing the communications game because we don’t have a
good message to communicate,” he said. In separate comments, Vallas
criticized evaluations as a “testing industrial complex” and “a system
where you literally have binders on individual teachers with rubrics
that are so complicated … that they’ll just make you suicidal.”
A nightmare, yes. A testing-industrial complex, yes.
Professor Audrey Amrein Beardsley at Arizona State has written
extensively about teacher evaluation and in her most recent study–not
yet published–she reports the results of a 50-state survey. Not a single
state has figured out how to use the value-added data to help teachers,
and–get this–in every state the formulae are so complex that no one
understands them other than those who created them. And the billions
invested in this nutty endeavor are supposed to improve education!
David Coleman, as is his wont, was provocative. “Coleman was perhaps
the night’s most outspoken panelist, at one point suggesting that those
who believe that poverty is an insurmountable obstacle to improving
student achievement should offer to cut teacher salaries and
redistribute those funds to the poor.”
End of Diane's post.
Say what? Teachers,who are being evaluated in a myriad of ways, have new student assessments thrown at them and a new Common Core curriculum coming - THEY are supposed to take a pay cut?
I'm with Diane - let's start with the billionaires who all think this is a good idea.