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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Easy A’s

“Easy A’s and What’s Behind Them,” by Hannah Putnam, Julie Greenberg, and Kate Walsh at the National Council on Teacher Quality, adds to the evidence that schools of education give out an awful lot of high grades. The NCTQ folks … Continue reading

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Addressing teacher concerns about value-added

Let me quote Kate Walsh: One of the obstacles to states putting in new evaluation systems which use any test score data is the pushback from teachers.  Teachers worry a lot that their rating will depend more on who they teach, … Continue reading

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  1. Jesse Rothstein says:

    Florida’s value-added model is a random effects model that controls for student disability, ELL status, and gifted course enrollment. So it isn’t exactly surprising that teachers’ estimated value-added is uncorrelated with these characteristics — it is built into the estimation procedure!

  2. MrPABruno says:

    Or:

    3. VAM are inaccurate even with respect to test scores.

    Walsh’s point about correlations doesn’t do much to alleviate those concerns.

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Teacher prep: The difference between what is and what could be

Julie Greenberg and Kate Walsh over at NCTQ wrote a great editorial in the most recent Teacher Quality Bulletin. Actually, the comment could have been aimed right at me. Here’s a brief excerpt. We know we’re not cool for saying so, but teacher … Continue reading

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