1. John wrote:

    I know of certain teachers who have already decided that they want to abandon the gifted and honors classes, because VAM is all about growth and value-added. An evaluation method shouldn't be a part of what a teacher considers when choosing a job placement.

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    And I know of teachers who have chosen to work in affluent schools instead of schools of poverty because they are convinced that the enrichment and support that rich students get outside of schools will have a positive impact on their VAM scores.

    I'm one of them.

    That's something I was deeply ashamed of at first.

    Then I decided the real shame belonged to policymakers who craft such simplistic, ridiculous evaluation policies.


    Hope you're well,


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