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Good morning, everyone. Our local school district is off this week for spring break, so this might be a slower week for us here at The Gazette. Let’s make up for that with some education news and links.
Education Week has an interview with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan where he appears to have changed his mind on whether teachers’ value-added evaluations should be released to the public. Draft legislation passed by the Iowa House two weeks ago specifically states that teacher evaluations are not public record.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released the results of a massive statistical undertaking to analyze test score results from school districts across the nation for statistically-improbable gains, which can be a sign of possible cheating. Check out the results, they are more than a little disturbing.