VAMboozled! is a blog about the issues surrounding teacher evaluation, teacher accountability, and value-added models (VAMs) in America’s (and sometimes other nations’) schools. VAMboozled! is also about the related issues surrounding America’s educational reform and accountability initiatives, and the federal and state policies being advanced, incentivized, adopted, and implemented across the nation. While other education blogs might focus on more general education topics, this blog is focused only on these issues, as current and controversial as they continuously are. The goal is to make more comprehensible and more accessible research-based information about these issues, and to better reach and inform teachers, administrators, policymakers, parents, students, and members of the general public, all of whom are stakeholders and who might want to be informed and involved.
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November 2013: Blog went live; May 2014 ≈ 3,000
November 2014 ≈ 8,000; May 2015 ≈ 13,000
November 2015 ≈ 15,000; May 2016 ≈ 16,000
November 2016 ≈ 15,000; May 2017 ≈ 20,000
November 2017 ≈ 24,000; May 2018 ≈ 36,000
November 2018 ≈ 43,000; May 2019 ≈ 46,000