This past Saturday, those involved with Arizona State University’s edXchange initiative invited me to speak on VAMs and my new book, Rethinking Value-Added Models: Critical Perspectives on Tests and Assessment-Based Accountability.
I would venture to say that most professional fields wouldn’t attract many Saturday lecture attendees. But, as most of you know, educators are certainly not the norm! We had a house full of educators from every corner of the field—classroom teachers, school administrators, school board members, college professors, parents, and everyone else you can imagine. Needless to say, it was an honor to share my work and engage in dialogue with so many concerned citizens. I left hopeful that more were informed, and in many ways armed, to help others make more informed decisions, at least in Arizona’s schools.
Thank you to those who were able to attend, and thank you all for continuing to do your part in improving the lives of our teachers and students, hopefully throughout the country.
See a few photos from the event below.