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Scholarly experts have drawn the distinction between the merits of using value-added models to shape standards and curricula and the flaws and dangers of applying the same formulae to evaluate individual teacher performances. They point out that many other factors-'"poverty, school resources, support from parents and outside sources such as tutoring, even health status-'"affect standardized test scores.
John P. Allegrante, Professor and Deputy Provost, wrote an opinion essay that was published in Iceland's Morgunbladid newspaper following the recent firing by Reykjavik University of Professor Einar Steingrimsson. Allegrante writes that the dismissal "raises grave questions" about academic freedom for Icelandic scholars and scientists. Steingrimsson had been publicly critical of the university's failure to consult faculty on academic matters.
Writing in Education Week, TC Trustee Jay Urwitz warns that the Obama administration's plans for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act lean too heavily on promoting teacher effectiveness -- an entity that is still not well-defined and that may not even be the most important factor in raising student performance.
On the New York Times Website Today, the chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities writes that TFA has potentially serious implications for public education.
Guest-writing on The Answer Sheet, a Washington Post education blog, Ellen Meier, Associate Professor of Computing and Education, and co-director of the TC's Center for Technology and School Change, continues an ongoing series of critiques by TC faculty members of President Obama's blueprint for rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Click Here for story.
TC's President Susan Fuhrman is a guest writer on The Answer Sheet, a Washington Post education blog.
Writing in Education Week, TC President Susan Fuhrman summarizes an NRC-NAEd report on the advantages and pitfalls of value-added approaches, especially for use with teachers.
As President Obama nears victory on passage of health care legislation, TC's Peter Coleman and co-author Robert Ferguson, writing in The Huffington Post, urge him to make continued use of "smart power" - a strategy articulated by Harvard's Joseph Nye for foreign diplomacy - in dealing with domestic issues. Click Here for story.
Writing for the New York Times' online "Room for Debate" forum, TC's Jeffrey Henig and Luis Huerta (third piece from the top) argue that "shifting economic and political conditions at the state and national level" are one reason for "the more vocal and newly energized critiques of charters" in New York and elsewhere. http://nyti.ms/9BCzPk
Click here to read a story in the 2010 TC Annual Report about charter schools and new research by Henig, Huerta, and TC faculty member Henry Levin and student Jonathan Gyurko.
TC's Aaron Pallas is one of several commentators weighing in on this subject on the New York Times' online editorial forum, "Room for Debate."
"When a student fails to flourish, it is rarely the result of one party. Rather, it tends to be a confluence of confounding factors, often involving parents, teachers, administrators, politicians, neighborhoods, and even the student himself," writes Justin Snider, teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia University and is a research fellow at the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, at Teachers College.