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Feedback Loop: Bill Gates And Florida’s Teacher Evaluations

Last week’s story on Florida’s teacher evaluation formula drew some thoughtful responses, including a deeper at the issues look over on the Shanker Blog. Many of the comments here expressed disbelief that Florida’s formula could measure what was promised. Floridagadfly says teaching can not be boiled down to a statistical model because students are not […]

Bill Gates: Don’t Use Evaluations To Shame

The leading advocate for modern, complex teacher evaluation formulas argues they should not be used for their most basic purpose — comparing one teacher’s score to another. In an op-ed in the New York Times, Microsoft founder Bill Gates argues individual teacher scores should not be a tool to publicly shame low-rated teachers. To do […]

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