MIT Researchers Refine Yardstick for Measuring Schools and Teachers

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The following information was released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):

In recent years, 14 states in the U.S. have begun assessing teachers and schools using Value-Added Models, or VAMs. The idea is simple enough: A VAM looks at year-to-year changes in standardized test scores among students, and rates those students’ teachers and schools accordingly. When students are found to improve or regress, teachers and schools get the credit or the blame.

Perhaps not surprisingly, however,

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