LA Times Story on Teacher Effectiveness
Original post made by javadoc on May 8, 2011
It is a study of teacher effectiveness using a value-added model. The sidebar link to the paper detailing the statistical and modeling aspects of the study are worth a look. The punch lines are:
1. Good teachers matter a great deal to the performance of students.
2. Teacher background, training, and ongoing education have a very small effect on teacher quality.
3. Variation in teacher quality is greater in "Math" than in "English."
As the parcel tax debate continues, you should think about why step-and-column automatic raises remain non-negotiable, when their rationale may be invalid. Is there a body of modern research showing otherwise than is claimed in this latest study?
Note that the authors found that teachers had overcome their first-year jitters by the third year, when their performance did not differ hugely from teachers with 10 or more years of experience.
on May 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm
Many people in this town don't think that our teachers make much of a difference when it comes to test scores. Thank you for the story.
on May 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Seriously? The LA Times? Come on let's hear from a news source not an extension of the Daily Kos.
on May 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm
I agree with Rita. Ever since the LATimes a few years back came under new conservative, corporate ownership, their writers and editorialists have been smuggling in Marxist viewpoints every chance they get. Today I read Jonah Goldberg (kinna sounds like Rosa Luxumberg doesn't it) claiming that Obama shouldn't have told us about killing Osame bin Laden; that Obama did it for political gain. Can you detect the strong veins of Marxist thinking there? They might as well call it the Moscow Times. It's great we have well-informed contributors like Rita keeping tabs on where the commies are lurking in our midst.