Using Unmonitored Results To Rate Teachers

More than half of the states are already/ on their way to using student test scores for teacher ratings, says the WSJ (Teachers Are Evaluated by New Formulas), but at the same time USA Today notes that fewer than half of the states routinely examine suspicious test scores (Few states examine test erasures). Neither story mentions Illinois specifically but this seems like a mismatch even if you're comfortable with the value-added rating schemes that are being used to do the ratings.  I'm not particularly worried about cheating being widespread but routine pro-active examination of unusual scores seems sensible to me.  The fact that many states don't do this makes me even more concerned about the rush to rate teachers based on their students' scores.

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  • ISBE is one of a couple of states that now does some regular screening of unusual test score results, notes this propublica story

    http://www.propublica.org/article/despite-sweeping-scandals-big-states-dont-check-for-cheating-by-teachers

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