Evaluate Teachers Without Discouraging Them

Jason Song, Alexander Russo, Joy Resmovits, Christina Samuels, Liz Willen

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The depth of discouragement among educators in the trenches is at an all-time high and cannot be overstated, says education historian Diane Ravitch. On this backdrop, the controversial practice of "value-added" teacher ratings is gaining popularity among education reformers, while further offending and demoralizing teachers. How do we balance the need to hold teachers accountable with the need to support and retain them? Are value-added ratings the solution?

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