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American Statistical Association Statement on Using Value-Added Models

The American Statistical Association (ASA) has adopted a statement on the use of value-added models (VAM). Basically, the ASA says that VAM can be useful, but that it has problems too. I doubt there are any VAM researchers who will … Continue reading

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  1. Harry Travis says:

    It would have been helpful for you to have provided background for this extraordinary statement from the ASA. After all, it has been economists, mostly, who have taken serious $ to exploit vast data sets, mostly carelessly, where educational psychologists have demurred for decades. It is not as though any of the models are insightful, however “econometrically” sophisticated the estimates of error structures.

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Passing Muster

The new Brookings report “Passing Muster: Evaluating Teacher Evaluation Systems” (authors: Steven Glazerman, Dan Goldhaber, Susanna Loeb, Stephen Raudenbush, Douglas O. Staiger, and Grover J. Whitehurst) offers a practical guide for moving forward on implementation of teacher evaluation systems. Teacher … Continue reading

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