The Education Policy Analysis Archives is releasing a series of articles about VAM that you should read.
Here are links to the first three. Forgive the formatting. I am copying the email I received. There are more on the way, including a dissection of the much over-hyped Raj Chetty, et al, analysis that made the front-page of the New York Times and was cited by President Obama in his State of the Union address last year.
Education Policy Analysis Archives has just published the introduction and two articles of EPAA/AAPE¹s Special Issue on Value-Added:What America’s Policymakers Need to Know and Understand, Guest Edited by Dr. Audrey Amrein-Beardsley and Assistant Editors Dr. Clarin Collins, Dr. Sarah Polasky, and Ed Sloat
>>Baker, B.D., Oluwole, J., Green, P.C. III (2013) The legal consequences
>>mandating high stakes decisions based on low quality information: Teacher
>>evaluation in the race-to-the-top era. Education Policy Analysis
>>21(5). Retrieved [date], from http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/1298
>>Pullin, D. (2013). Legal issues in the use of student test scores and
>>value-added models (VAM) to determine educational quality. Education
>>Analysis Archives, 21(6). Retrieved [date], from