|SEE A PATTERN HERE?...On their eighth day of deliberations, the jurors convicted 11 of the 12 Atlanta black educators and staff of racketeering, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison.|
Watch this powerful scene from The Wire to better understand how the whole system is built on official and unofficial cheating.
As I pointed out last week, the real law in operation here is Goodhart's Law of unintended consequences. It goes something like this: "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."
Teachers are even being evaluated on high-stakes test scores from kids and in subjects they don't even teach, writes Valerie Strauss at WaPo:
For example, an art teacher in New York City explained in this post how he was evaluated on math standardized test scores, and saw his evaluation rating drop from “effective” to “developing.” High-stakes tests are only given in math and English language arts, so reformers have decided that all teachers (and sometimes principals) in a school should be evaluated by reading and math scores.
Estimates from VAMs should always be accompanied by measures of precision and a discussion of the assumptions and possible limitations of the model. These limitations are particularly relevant if VAMs are used for high-stakes purposes.
— John Merrow (@John_Merrow) April 2, 2015