Value-Added Measures of Education Performance: Clearing Away the Smoke and Mirrors

Date: 
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 11:30am

The podcast for our April 23rd seminar "Value-Added Measures of Education Performance: Clearing Away the Smoke and Mirrors" is now available online. The speaker was Douglas N. Harris, Associate Professor of Education Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison.

President Obama’s administration has made a priority of compensating teachers, at least in part, for their performance. One of the approaches to the assessment of teachers is using value-added measures. In this seminar, Douglas N. Harris of the University of Wisconsin at Madison discusses the strengths and weaknesses of value-added assessment, both as a means to assess teachers and as a means to assess schools. Harris identifies the strengths and weaknesses of value-added measures, and discusses the errors that are often made in using and interpreting such measures. As a part of a system including other performance measures, however, Harris concludes that value-added assessments can be used to support progress in California schools and classrooms. The speaker was introduced by PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.

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