The Gates Foundation has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into teacher evaluation programs.
The US Department of Education has used its billions in Race to the Top funding to push for teacher evaluation programs.
The big winner of the latest grants is the District of Columbia, which presumably already has Michelle Rhee’s IMPACT program. But nonetheless, it just won another $23 million of our taxpayer dollars.
Millions more went to Los Angeles and to charter schools. The teachers’ union in LA still has not agreed to accept test-based evaluations. Seems someone there has read the research and knows how useless this stuff is.
Arne Duncan is certainly priming the pump where it matters least.