What Measures the Best Teacher?

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  1. believe09

    believe09 Well-Known Member

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    The three year Measures of Effective Teaching Study was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. I think what it uncovered is fascinating, fwiw.

    LINK HERE
     


  2. popsicle

    popsicle faith hope love

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    I think it is crazy that study cost $50M though.
     
  3. believe09

    believe09 Well-Known Member

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    LOL- but it will be worth it if the whole standardized test measure is thrown out the window. testing has to cost well over that to give every year. I read the dollar figure for one state alone is 19 million. Multiply that out to all of the states who give it...
     
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    I agree 50 million is crazy.

    The study did not recommend to do away with testing, just that is should not be rated as high. The test should just make up a small percentage of the rating.

    This study did not seem to take into consideration the home values of the students. A teacher that gets to teach students from families that value education, discipline, etc will get better results than one that teaches students from families that do not value education.
     
  5. Linda7NJ

    Linda7NJ Well-Known Member

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    I think teachers that inspire their students to love the learning process are phenomenal


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  6. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae Well-Known Member

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    From your link,

    found it was difficult to predict how much students would achieve in a school year based on their teacher's years of experience or knowledge of pedagogical technique.

    bbm, Wonder if it would have easier with 100 million.
     
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    From the OP link:

    This seems a much more fair and effective measure, to me, with including the student input and progress toward goals.

    Louisiana has already made changes.......come on, Florida!
     
  8. Laughing

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    I do not have a citation for the article, but a few years ago a study completed by Arizona State University looked for predictors of high scores on standardized tests commonly used in school districts.

    This study found that the best predictor of scores on standardized measures of educational achievement is Zip Code.

    Yep.

    Read 'em and weep.

    (not) Laughing
     
  9. katydid23

    katydid23 Well-Known Member

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    I used to work in the office in a public elementary school. One of the most 'political', intense and drama filled decisions the principal makes is which students will be in a teachers classroom. The teachers lobby heavily to have certain students and they try hard to avoid others.

    So in some ways it is a political decision made by the principals. If some students have very chaotic home lives and/or irresponsible parents, and do not focus well or do their homework, then it is kind of unfair to hold the teachers responsible for those students test scores. And the reverse holds true as well.

    Some 'favored' teachers are rewarded by the principal with a classroom filled with the best, most academic students, and so those teachers will have a better chance of getting great test scores. JMO
     

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