Newspaper Articles & Other Reports on TVAAS from Across the USA
School System Performance Getting New Measuring Sticks, NY Times, December 5, 2003
"Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein said yesterday that his office was developing new ways to measure performance in the school system that would offer a far more sophisticated analysis than is currently gleaned from standardized test results."
"On the instructional side, much of the chancellor's plans are focusing on a relatively new way of judging the performance of students and teachers, called value-added assessment, that has been pioneered by William L. Sanders, a statistician at the University of Tennessee."
[THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ON FEBRUARY 20, 2002]
How to Build a Better Teacher, Robert Holland, USA Today (Magazine), September, 2001. The author uses Dr. Sanders results and the "No Excuses" schools to argue in favor of alternative teacher certification and the use of value-added for teacher assessment and rewards. He might be distressed to learn that Dr. Sanders research as of late 2000 might weaken some of his argument against current credentialing methods. And, I strongly believe that those who argue for the use of value-added as a method to reward teachers ignore the damage this might do to the use of the data for reflection and self-improvement, overlook the lack of complete coverage of all teachers by value-added data, and fail to account for the fact that the value-added system was not designed for this purpose and might not be well-suited for it. As visitors who've looked through this site should know, I believe teachers have the ability, as professionals through collaborative effort (given proper systemic and cultural supports, and leadership that understands and protects the process), to make dramatic, heretofore-unheard-of gains in student achievement within only a few years. This type of approach will not help that happen.
Milwaukee Adopts Value-Added, Milwauke Journal Sentinel, May 10, 2000. Reports on the Milwaukee School Board's adoption of a yearly testing system to allow value-added analysis, including that this required dropping some "performance assessments" used in Milwaukee's upper grades.
He's Got Your Number, Teacher, May-June, 2000. A thorough review of where TVAAS stands now, some indications of how it is changing teaching in Tennessee, and links to other sites.
Teachers, Teachers, Teachers! excerpts from a talk by Dr. William Sanders
Tennessee System for Gauging Results Angers Some Educators but Gains Acceptance Elsewhere By Jay Mathews,Washington Post Staff Writer,Tuesday , March 14, 2000 ; Page A07 Begins with the story of Glenda Russell, an experienced Tennessee teacher, and how she responded to her value-added scores by significantly improving her teaching.
Tennessee School Rating System Touted Here, Boston Globe, October 30, 1999 A look at the call by Massachusetts educators to have value-added used in that state's evaluation of school, rather than just a "standards" system that unfairly makes suburban, high-income schools look good and schools serving poorer, inner-city students look bad.
Schools Emphasize 3 R's to Buck Expectations, Miami Herald, July 11, 1999 This story focuses on the unfairness of Florida's grading system for school since it relies on absolute scores. Value-added analysis, including TVAAS, is suggested as an alternative. Plus, the story focuses on how three schools did better than they should have given their poverty concentrations.
"What Is Value-Added Assessment and Why Do We Need It?" by Professor John E. Stone, East Tennessee State University. In addition to a good introduction, the end of this article reprints a sample of the report individual teachers receive to help them see their effectiveness levels.
The School Administrator, "Value-Added Assessment" by William Sanders. December 1998. Dr. Sanders explains the conceptual basis of TVAAS, a little of its history and the statistical safeguards built into it, some results to date and goals for the future.