...on the talk show circuits to hock his proposals for teacher evaluation. According to his 6- district, 1000+ teacher multi- year study the best teacher evaluations consist of equal parts:
-student test scores
Naturally I believe 2/3rds of his findings are utter bullsht, but so does the National Education Policy Center:
Sigh. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a strong foothold in shaping American Education, despite endorsing practices that don't equate to sound results. This Fall, the Gates fingerprint will be all over education as we all move to the Common Core State Standards, which the Gates Foundation largely funded.However, a careful look at the MET research – an ambitious, multi-year study of thousands of teachers in six school districts – finds that the study’s results were inconclusive and provide little usable guidance.
“The MET research does little to settle longstanding debates over how best to evaluate teachers comprehensively,” said Jesse Rothstein of the University of California Berkeley.
Rothstein and William Mathis, NEPC’s managing director, conducted the review for the policy center’s Think Twice think tank review project.
The MET study compared three types of teacher performance measures: Student test scores, classroom observations, and student surveys. The project concluded that the three should be given roughly equal weight in teacher evaluations.
Rothstein and Mathis found that the data do not support that conclusion. Instead, the data indicate that each measure reflects a distinct dimension of teaching. Rothstein said, “Any evaluation system needs to be founded on a judgment about what constitutes effective teaching, and that that judgment will drive the choice of measures. Nothing in the MET project’s results helps in forming that judgment.”
“While we commend The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for investing millions of dollars in tackling critical education issues, the conclusions in this case do not jibe with the data,” said Mathis.
Gates may mean well, but when it comes to education he does not know what he is talking about. But since he has $ people listen and do whatever he says just to get a piece of the pie, consequences be damned.