One Teacher’s Dystopian Reality

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Chris Gilbert, an English teacher from North Carolina, a state that uses the well-known and widely used (and also proprietary) Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) emailed the other day, sharing two articles he wrote for the Washington Post, on behalf of his fellow teachers, about his experiences being evaluated using the EVAAS system.

This one (click here) is definitely worth a full read, especially because this one comes directly from an educator living out VAMs in practice, in the field, and in what he terms his dystopian reality.

He writes: “In this dystopian story, teachers are evaluated by standardized test scores and branded with color-coded levels of effectiveness, students are abstracted into inhuman measures of data, and educational value is assessed by how well forecasted “growth” levels are met. Surely, this must be a fiction.”


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