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Teacher Data Reports in Texas?

April 26, 2011 pm30 10:15 pm

Not quite, but close.

Dallas history teacher and blogger Ed Darrell (of Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub) explained in a comment here:

Here in Dallas ISD it’s the CEI, or “computed efficiency index,” or some other bafflegab.

Bottom line, since I left Irving ISD I’ve picked up a couple of points on the state tests — just under 95% of my kids pass. Last year I picked up ten points on “commended” ratings. We’re five years ahead of plan in social studies on the scores on the state tests. We do well, and I do well, in all demographics. Some of my SpEd kids got commended ratings.

But according to the CEI, I’m bottom of the barrel.

NEA and AFT push constantly to get someone from the district to explain the ratings, but they can’t be explained to the satisfaction of any statistician who has looked at them.

It’s just one more weapon administrators and “policy makers” have for the War on Education, and especially for the Battle Against Classroom Teachers. These ratings are like neutron bombs — they take out the people, but leave the buildings standing.

These ratings are made by people who think a school is a building, and a child is a “raw score” on a test.

Folks, not only are teachers in trouble. America is in trouble.

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  1. April 26, 2011 pm30 11:47 pm 11:47 pm

    “people who think a school is a building…a child is a ‘raw score’ on a test…”

    Indeed – good way of putting it.

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