Corey Bunje Bower has written a more detailed analysis of the L.A. Times piece on evaluating teachers using student test scores, which I posted about yesterday (L.A. Times Prints Cheap Shot At Teachers). His post is worth reading.
Also related to the LA Times article:
Saul Alinsky, the father of modern-day community organizing and the founder of the organization I worked for during my community organizing career, once said:
“The price of criticism is a constructive alternative.”
I have always tried to keep that in mind, and I believe you’ll be able to read my thoughts on what works for teacher evaluation very soon in The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog.
In addition, you’ll be able to read an even more detailed analysis in a report that a group of teachers (including myself) are putting together for the Center For Teaching Quality. I believe that report will be issued sometime in the fall.