Climate of disrespect for teachers gets worse

Just when you think the climate of disrespect for teachers can’t get any worse, it does, says Gregory Michie, who teaches in the Department of Foundations and Social Policy at Concordia University Chicago, for the Washington Post. The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board has now urged Illinois parents to demand that the state emulate New York City (and Los Angeles) by making individual teachers’ “value-added” ratings available for public scrutiny. For those not versed in the latest trend in educational accountability, “value-added” formulas are complex statistical calculations that attempt to isolate a teacher’s impact on a student’s growth — as measured by gains on standardized test scores. In essence, value-added measures try to show how much of a student’s test score increase can be chalked up solely to the influence of their teacher…

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