VAM Scholars and An (Unfortunate) List of VAMboozlers

Some time ago I posted a list of those I consider the (now) top 35 VAM Scholars whose research folks out there should be following, especially if they need good (mainly) peer-reviewed research to help them and others (e.g., local, regional, and state policymakers) become more informed about VAMs and their related policies. If you missed this post, do check out these VAM Scholars here.

Soon after, a colleague suggested that I should follow this list up with a list of what I termed in a prior post as appropriate to this blog as the VAMboozlers.

VAMboozlers are VAM Scholars whose research I would advise consumers to consume carefully. These researchers might be (in my opinion) prematurely optimistic about the potentials of VAMs contrary to what aproximately 90% of the empirical research in this area would support; these scholars might use methods that over-simplistically approach very complex problems and accordingly make often sweeping, unwarranted, and perhaps invalid assertions regardless; these folks might have financial or other vested interests in the VAMs being adopted and implemented; or the like.

While I aim to keep this section of the blog as professional and fair, open, and aboveboard as possible, I simultaneously hope to make such information on this blog more actionable and accessible for blog followers and readers.

Accordingly, here is my (still working) list of VAMboozlers:

*If you have any recommendations for this list, please let me know

One thought on “VAM Scholars and An (Unfortunate) List of VAMboozlers

  1. I look forward to a similar list for the SLO process in place in many states for teachers of the odd but important category of “teachers of non-tested subjects.” Still looking for some credible reports on the use of this scheme for teacher evaluation.

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