Readers might be familiar with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to create a universal pre-k program in that city.

Five Thirty-Eight has now published a fascinating piece describing the process that will be used to evaluate it and, boy, does it sound thoughtful and impressive. I know words are cheap, and who knows if it will happen the way it’s described, but it will be interesting to see.

Now, why can’t districts use a similarly thorough and reflective process for schools and teachers instead of something as ridiculous as Value Added Measurements?

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