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U.S. education secretary is expected to withhold millions of CA Educational Grant Funds

Original post made by Teacher, Alisal Elementary School, on Jul 23, 2009

California threatened with loss of funds if it doesn't use test scores in evaluating teachers
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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has singled out as “ridiculous” California’s law dealing with the use of test scores in the evaluation of teachers.
of dollars in education stimulus money if the state doesn't comply with his demand

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 24, 2009 at 9:40 am

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How do we end up paying for expensive accountability systems and then we don't even use the data generated by them?

"California ranks 41st among states in its use of education data, according to a 2008 survey by the Data Quality Campaign, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas."

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I am amazed that this issue is not getting more attention in local/state newspapers. Have I missed it, or are we just not talking about this?

I think it is possible to link data to individual teachers, without making teachers subject to unwise or shortsighted methods of using that data in hiring or pay decisions.

What can be done about the fact that it takes months and months for schools to receive scores back from state tests? I am told it takes so long that my daughter's scores on the test she took this May won't be available till late in the fall.

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