Michelle Rhee and the unproven teacher evaluation is a column in The Los Angeles Times, written by Times’ staff writer By Karin Klein.
Here’s an excerpt:
I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.
If you really want to get scared, next time you’re speaking to a group of administrators, ask them to describe the Hawthorne Effect; if anyone gets close to an accurate description, ask them to explain why administrators have to have it at the top of their questions for any change to be made in any classroom, especially those “mandated” from the top.
If you’re really brave, ask them to explain their procedure for vetting changes from the district office to be sure they meet the NCLB requirement that changes be based on hard evidence. Ask them if they know what a “control group” is in an educational experiment; ask them if they ever use them.
If you want to put the fear of Aristotle into them, ask them who is their Institutional Review Board for human experimentation.
Thanks for digging up that quote.