CCSA’s Portrait of the Movement is out again about charter schools in CA (pdf). Noteworthy on form and content.
From NY Daily News the pro (Hanushek) and the con (Walcott) about the teacher value-add data dump that’s going on in Gotham. My take via the posts below. Based on the various conversations going on about this I’m hearing three strains of thought. First is, ‘this is good.’ It helps advance the issue and there is a public right-to-know. The second is, ‘this is not good.’ These data are incomplete as a look into teacher quality and this only serves to get people’s hackles up and make the opponents to improving teacher evaluation look sympathetic and is consequently counterproductive. You can see those perspectives in the Daily News pieces. But the third argument you hear quite a lot is from what I’ll call the ‘reluctant supporters.’ They argue that there has been no progress on this issue absent external pressure and people being forced to come to the table. So, they argue, what’s happening is suboptimal but ultimately necessary given the political context. In the pro and con that perspective is getting lost and it’s held by a lot of people – even some who are skeptical of elements of what’s happening on evaluations now. They’re right about the context, the evidence is clear there, but are they right about the strategy? It’s kind of like bombing Iran, hard to know exactly how it will play out.