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I ran across an interesting column in the WSJ the other day entitled "Teachers Are Put to the Test." The article revolves on developments in the growing movement to evaluate teachers based, in large part, on the results of their students' performance in standardized tests.

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At the risk of igniting flames amongst my friends who are or are married to teachers...

Perhaps VORT could be calculated? Value over Replacement Teacher?

The VORP sabermetric does handle "park effects". I wonder if something similar could be done for school district and/or demographic effects for teachers?

The Yankees-Granderson observation is a good one, but it may be a little "chicken-egg". Did the team make the player great or vice versa? There are likely echo effects with teams that trend good or bad.

Perhaps the DOE should hire Bill James and his peers to come up with a more analytically valid way to assess teacher performance?

Posted by David R | Tuesday, September 27 2011 at 10:50AM ET
Here's an idea, have the kids fill-in evaluations about the teacher. Ask the kids what they learned. The kids should have a chance to provider input back to the teachers and teachers should learn from their students best methods to present the content.
Posted by Jim S | Thursday, September 29 2011 at 10:25AM ET
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