That is, of course, Professor Bruce Baker deconstructing the latest pile of cant from NJDOE Commissioner Chris Cerf. You owe it to yourself to read the entire thing, and then ask yourself a question:I was reviewing the past few days of news coverage on NJ teacher evaluations and came across the following quote, which was not-so-amazingly left unchallenged:Cerf said research shows test scores are “far and away” the best gauge of teacher effectiveness, and to not use test score data would be “very anti-child.”Here’s a reporters’ guide to follow up questions….Mr. Cerf… can you show me exactly what research comes to that conclusion? (this should always be the immediate follow up to the ambiguous “research shows” comment)Exactly how is “far and away” measured in that research?And what is meant by “best gauge of effectiveness?”That is, what is the valid measure of effectiveness against which test scores are gauged? (answer… uh… test scores themselves)
Why would any New Jersey educator or parent or elected official or journalist or citizen believe anything that comes out of the NJDOE these days?
Oh, golly, do I sound overheated? Gosh, forgive me. It's only my freakin' career...
Accountability begins at home.