Many public school educators have begun transitioning and adjusting to new educator evaluation procedures. These evaluation tools are to included test results for students and a statistically generate Value Added Measure. In my state we have not yet fully moved to this as many districts need to determine what District Determined Measures (DDMs) they will we use to measure teacher performance in each subject area. There are also a variety of statistical models to determine the Value Added by a particular teacher.
I really am not sure what to make all this. I am beginning some research into this area focusing on what it means in general for educators and what it means for me particularly. In my current role I am a teacher, evaluated as specialized instructional support personal (ie. librarian, reading specialist, caseload educators and those that consult). I fall into the later category as I am not linked to any students and work across the district.
The first part of my research is to look at how Value Added Measures are calculated. I would suggest taking a look at the American Statistical Association’s executive summary on Using Value Added Models for Educational Assessment. It give a good basic understanding the validity of these models. As we all know there is more to teaching, learning and education then standardized testing. How do these non tangibles effect teacher effectiveness?
Though this may be jumping the gun as I am still trying to understand the statics, I am also interested in what will become of the data when generated. Florida was one the first states to implement VAMs and to publish the results. Granted they are only publishing the top 30% of educators in the subject areas they currently are assessing, but if you are not on the list it shows you to be in the bottom two thirds. Please take a look at this article on the release of Florida’s data and the related website where parents can look up their teacher’s effectiveness.
There is a lot for me to wrap my head around. How about you?