A good one not to miss, from Diane Ravitch’s blog over the weekend:
Reader Chiara has a great idea. It will turn [pro-VAM] professors against VAM.
“I’m wondering if there’s ever been any discussion of ranking teachers by student test scores in higher ed.
“It would obviously be more difficult to do, but one could use the tests that are used for graduate schools, right? How much “value” did undergrad professors add?
If you back this approach in K-12 why wouldn’t you back it in higher ed?”
Let us see the VAM scores for Raj Chetty, Jonah Rockoff, John Friedman, Thomas Kane, and all the other professors who endorse VAM. Be sure their ratings are posted in public. And while we are at it, all professors who testified against teacher tenure should give up their own tenure, On principle.
Goose and gander.
Even though the professors listed above likely do not teach many undergraduate courses, the logic is much the same, not only about using such tests to theoretically hold them (and other) professors accountable, but also regarding tenure and the protections tenure bring also in higher education. Hence, this certainly is cause for pause.