Larry Mantle |

A new study on "value added" claims the analysis is accurate




The preliminary results of the Gates Foundation study indicate that value added analysis can reliably indicate teacher effectiveness.  However, the bigger news may come beneath that headline – that student surveys of teacher effectiveness are highly accurate, even as early as the fourth grade.  Also, the study claims that standardized testing accurately measures student subject mastery and critical thinking, not just how well a student answers a few specific questions.

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we’ll debate the findings and talk about their implications for education reform and teacher evaluation.