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Making Better Teachers: the Fight Over "Value-Added" Evaluation

Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Crawford Family Forum 474 S. Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions

Recent articles in the Los Angeles Times regarding “value-added” teacher assessments have generated a nationwide debate on how best to evaluate teachers. That debate has pitted President Obama’s Secretary of Education against teacher union leaders and many academics. AirTalk Host Larry Mantle and guest experts debated the "value-added" teacher method of evaluating teachers. If not "value-added" then what is the best way to evaluate teachers and ultimately benefit the kids in the classroom? And what role should student performance play in assessing teacher performance? Guests Included: Eric Hanushek, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. His pioneering analysis measuring teacher quality through student achievement forms the current research into the value-added of teachers and schools. Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute. From 1999 to 2002 he was the national education columnist of The New York Times. He is the author of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right. To listen to this event, please visit the AIRTALK website. Photo credit: Getty Images