Researchers urge Arne Duncan to drop proposed teacher prep regulations By Valerie Strauss Washington Post
• The regulations include an over-reliance on value-added measures (VAMs), which purportedly identify a causal relationship between student achievement, as measured by high-stakes test scores, and teacher competency. This is a highly controversial form of measurement that several leading research organizations have declared invalid and unreliable. The proposed regulations extend this relationship further to link teacher preparation programs to student achievement; because teacher education programs will be judged by the scores of the students in their graduate’s classrooms, programs may be reluctant to place their graduates in the most difficult and highest poverty classrooms where standardized test scores are more likely to be low.
Folks I am telling you education is going to be a hot hot hot topic come 2016 elections and in Delaware State Rep Lavelle blew his chances at becoming governor with his flip-flop vote on H.B.# 334 ending up supporting Governor Markell’s reckless education agenda and allowing the federal government aka Arne Duncan further reach re: intrusion in local control.
Go back and read the entire Washington Post article.