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Subtraction by Distraction

Publishing value-added results for individual teachers hurts education reform, says Diana Epstein, a senior policy analyst for Center for American Progress.

Epstein presented her findings at an EWA conference, “Evaluating Teachers: Beyond the Rhetoric,” on Saturday at the University of Chicago.

Epstein told the group of 40-plus reporters that publishing the names only hardens the resistance of teachers to education reform. 

The report looked at the 2010 Los Angeles Times report that first linked value-added estimates to teacher names, as well as the ongoing controversy in New York.

If you attended the conference, do you have any thoughts about the report and the discussion with Epstein, Los Angeles Times database editor Doug Smith, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jaime Sarrio?

If you didn’t, please read the report and express your views about the issue.


This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.