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theschoolboards
06-01-2011, 09:55 AM
From the N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers):
New York City education officials are planning to develop up to 16 new standardized tests for 3rd through 12th grades. Unlike other exams, these will be used to grade the teachers, not the students.

Under a state law passed last year that helped New York win $700 million in a federal "Race to the Top" grant competition, school districts must evaluate teachers on a scale from “ineffective” to “highly effective,” with potential firing for those rated ineffective for two years in a row. The city expects to spend about $25 million creating the new tests, which would be in addition to the standardized tests students already take.

What have we learned about tests as accountability tools for teacher performance? Why do school systems believe that tests are the answer to reforming education?

Eight teachers/education experts debate the issue:


A Dangerous Obsession (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers/execessive-testing-is-a-dangerous-obsession) - Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University
Avoiding the Poverty Issue (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers/avoiding-the-poverty-issue) - Paul Thomas, Furman University
Costly, But Worth It (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers/standardized-tests-are-costly-but-worth-it) - Marcus Winters, Manhattan Institute
Wasting More Money (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers/wasting-more-money) - Molly Putnam, high school teacher
One Factor Among Many (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers/one-factor-among-many) - Kevin Carey, policy director, Education Sector
Driving Away the Best Teachers (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers/overtesting-drives-away-the-best-teachers) - Francesca Burns, middle and elementary school teacher
Trust Principals, Not Tests (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers/trust-principals-not-tests) - Michael Petrilli, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Too Much For Tests to Bear (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/30/testing-students-to-grade-teachers/too-much-for-tests-to-bear) - Clara Hemphill, The New School