Peter Greene: NASSP about to Reject VAM

29 Nov

“the National Association of Secondary School Principals is reviewing and likely to endorse a statement rejecting VAM”
A good step forward, however, I do have to say that I am not a big fan of “portfolios of student learning” as an evaluation technique.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Peter Greene reports that the National Association of Secondary School Principals is reviewing and likely to endorse a statement rejecting VAM. The NASSP recognizes a growing body of research that shows the inaccuracy of VAM.

They cite the research, then offer recommendations:

“NASSP recommends that teacher eval include multiple measure, and that Peer Assistance and Review programs are the way to go. Teacher-constructed portfolios of student learning are also cool.

“VAMs should be used to fine tune programs and instructional methods as well as professional development on a building level, but they should not be “used to make key personnel decisions about individual teachers.” Principals should be trained in how to properly interpret and use VAMmy data.”

This is an important step forward, toward professional responsibilty and common sense.

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