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  •  That is a misapplication of the test. (0+ / 0-)

    There is no objective score to this test. It is relentlessly subjective. So, as you say, Chicago is using this test as some measurement of a teacher's effectiveness. This is a ridiculous notion. That practice is like using a tachometer to measure gas mileage. It does not compute.

    Take the math portion of the test. It measures a student's ability to perform functions such as basic algebra, number sense, basic statistical analysis, geometry, among others.

    There are reading and language portions as well. To define a range of teachers in various subjects on these fundamental metrics casts doubt on the school administration's ability to manage.

    •  They are not using MAP as a high stakes test (0+ / 0-)

      They have the ISAT for that, but they are using the progress measures from MAP averaged over the class as a part of the value added measures for teachers (They test 3 times a year). At least according to the principal's letter my wife was asked to distribute.

      We have had problems with this cohort of students discovering that if they miss the early problems they get a much easier and shorter test, but efforts to get them to make a real effort seem to have paid off. I am trying to get a handle on whether they are actually measuring anything of value are just diverting time and resources from valuable instruction. The educator opinion seems to be divided with some seeing real value in the tests for individual assessment and others just hating on them.

      •  The MAP measures the students' progress--the ISAT (0+ / 0-)

        measures the school's "progress" in teaching to the test. Big difference.

        If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

        by livjack on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 03:36:19 PM PST

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