What Does A Teacher Make, or Do?

Another nail in the coffin of Value Added, thanks to Diane Ravitch. Here is an excellent quote from the article:

““This paper presents the first evidence that teachers have meaningful effects on non cognitive outcomes that are strongly associate with adult outcomes and are not correlated with test scores.” (Emphasis mine, italics his, by the way.)

“I have to stop with this blog post here (but I promise to do more deciphering of this paper in the next few days.) My only question at this point would be: why hasn’t anybody explained this to Arne Duncan, perhaps through the use of hand puppets and a mallet?”

I have known for a long time that while I may have been better than some teachers in finding useful explanations of certain math topics than some of my peers, there were certainly a lot of teachers who were much better at relating emotionally and personally to a lot of my students. Obviously our students are the best judges of who of us were most/least helpful in their lives.


Published in: on April 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Do we really need an economist to tell us that the non cognitive aspects of teaching are extremely important to the growth of students and are not addressed by test scores? I don’t mean to dismiss his statistical acknowledgement of this fact of life, but really there are some things that are better recognized without trying to quantify them.


    • Those who think of data as having all the solutions apparently would need such an explanation.


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