Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ten Thoughts on the Preliminary MMSD Budget Figures for 2012-13

It’s a little early for budget season, but Sunday’s State Journal included an article by Matt DeFour that kicks off discussion of the school district’s finances for 2012-13.  According to the article, preliminary numbers indicate about a $12.4 million budget … Continue reading

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The Inevitability of the Use of Value-Added Measures in Teacher Evaluations

“Value added” or “VA” refers to the use of statistical techniques to measure teachers’ impacts on their students’ standardized test scores, controlling for such student characteristics as prior years’ scores, gender, ethnicity, disability, and low-income status. Reports on a massive … Continue reading

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