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What Tools Are Used For Measure School And Teacher Performance?

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Education in Indiana

Mikayla Moore
SWK-S 141, 9:30 – 10:45am
Professor McAlister
March 06, 2017
What tools are used to measure school and teacher performance? Indiana is in the making of a massive education reform effort that includes that creation of vouchers, increasing charter schools and adopting a new system to hold schools accountable. Reformers are predicting that large numbers of bad teachers will be tossed out, good teachers will be rewarded, and teacher quality will be raised in classrooms across Indiana. The legislature that was passed last year will evolve in required annual evaluations, that will work by:
“Teachers across the state will be rated 1 through 4, with 1 being the lowest. Those ratings will
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Multiple-choice tests, in particular, are graded by machine and therefore are not subject to human subjectivity or bias” (ProCon, pg.55).
• “20 school systems that "have achieved significant, sustained, and widespread gains" on national and international assessments used "proficiency targets for each school" and "frequent, standardized testing to monitor system progress," according to a Nov. 2010 report by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm” (ProCon, pg. 146)
• Standardized tests are inclusive and non-discriminatory because they ensure content is equivalent for all students. Former Washington, DC, school’s chancellor Michelle Rhee argues that using alternate tests for minorities or exempting children with disabilities would be unfair to those students: "You can 't separate them, and to try to do so creates two, unequal systems, one with accountability and one without it. This is a civil rights issue" (ProCon, pg. 103)
Cons:
• “Standardized testing has not improved student achievement. After No Child Left Behind (NCLB) passed in 2002, the US slipped from 18th in the world in math on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to 31st place in 2009, with a similar drop in science and no change in reading.” (ProCon, pg. 95, 145, 144) “A May 26, 2011, National Research Council report found no evidence test-based incentive programs are working: "Despite using them for several decades, policymakers and educators do not
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