— All professional educators in Ohio should find the Governor’s comparison toTeach for America insulting, at best. For more detail, you can read my comprehensive critiqueof TFA on
.So if I let that insult to professional educators slide and focus instead on the “Reward” that ispromised, I need to know what this reward looks like.The Ohio Department of Education databases for Value-Added results do not identify teachersor specific classrooms, but they do identify student counts in grade levels by schools. Using thisdata set, I projected the total stipend amounts that would have been paid out over the past four years.2007: $20,854,900.002008: $18,660,050.002009: $20,240,000.002010: $15,918,150.00Why the significant drop for 2010? The value-added calculations were “reset” to better balancethe results. According to ODE:
A stabilization process was included as part of the value-added analysis to provide you with more useful and consistent information about grade and subject gains. This will provide a more even distribution of value-added results for subject- and grade-level ratings.
This typically happens every 3-4 years to better reflect current state performanceaverages.
Over the past two years, there have been considerable skews in the grade- and subject-level gains for a cohort from one year to the next.
Value-added models assume there isvertical alignment
in the rigor of tests, that is, the rigor in this years’ fourth-grade reading test is of the same amount of rigor in next years’ fifth-grade reading test. However,
the previous assessments were not created with consideration for value-added analysis needs. Until Ohio launches the new assessments, the addition of thestabilization process is a necessary interim solution to providing Ohio practitioners full utilization of value-added information.
Hmm. According to the Ohio Department of Education the tests that we are using to judge theperformance of teachers and students for annual growth “
were not created with considerationfor value-added analysis needs
.” And these tests will remain in place until new assessmentsare launched (SY 2013-2014).The Governor wants to use a flawed model to calculate not only Teacher Incentive Pay, he isalso proposing using this value-added model as a key component of school districtfunding(
).Okay, I threw those substantial Teacher Incentive Program payments at you without muchwarning or detail, so let’s take a second look.2007: $20,854,900.002008: $18,660,050.002009: $20,240,000.002010: $15,918,150.00