Everything is Bigger (and Badder) in Texas: Houstonís Teacher Value-Added System
by Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Clarin Collins, Jessica Holloway-Libell & Noelle Paufler - January 05, 2016
In this commentary, authors discuss the Houston Independent School District's (HISD) highest-stakes use of its contracted value-added system (i.e., the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS)) to reform and improve student learning and achievement throughout the district's schools. Authors situate their discussion within a related report on the recent release of Houston Superintendent's own evaluation scores. Authors also situate their discussion within the evidence, as per the recent release of the state's large-scale standardized test scores. Authors assert that, perhaps, attaching high-stakes consequences to teachers' value-added output in Houston is not working as intended.
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