I, like many other educators, have been a vocal critic of using Value Added Measurement to evaluate teachers (see The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation).

I’ve also felt that schools should not be run like businesses (see The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses).

But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn anything from the corporate sector.

I’ve previously posted about how companies have begun moving away from their own version of VAM ratings (see Microsoft Eliminates Its Own Destructive VAM Rankings; However, Gates Still Seems Focused On Using It For Us).

Now, today, The New York Times published an article covering that increasing trend, Morgan Stanley to Rate Employees With Adjectives, Not Numbers.

Here’s an excerpt:


Obviously, the numbers evaluations corporations are moving away from are not an exact “apples-to-apples” comparison to VAM, but it seems to me that there are enough similarities to make VAM proponents to take a look…

What do you think?