Academics criticize Chicago's value-added teacher evaluations

03/28/2012 | Washington Post, The

Chicago's adoption of a new value-added evaluation system for the city's teachers is being criticized by professors and researchers from 16 area universities. They claim, in a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and school officials, that there is not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of the evaluations. Instead, they recommend testing the teacher evaluations in a pilot program, while placing less emphasis on students' improvement on standardized tests.

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