Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, one of the nation’s leading researchers of VAM, says Néw York is going from bad to idiotic in doubling the importance of test scores in teacher and principal evaluations.

The chair of the Board of Regents, Merryl Tisch, and Governor Cuomo are “pushing for a system in which these scores would “trump all,” and in which a teacher rated as ineffective in the growth score portion would be rated ineffective overall. A teacher with two ineffective ratings would “not return to the classroom.”

This is not only “going from bad to worse,” says Amrein-Beardsley, but going from bad to idiotic.

All of this is happending despite the research studies that, by this point, should have literally buried such policy initiatives. Many of these research studies are highlighted on this blog here, here, here, and here, and are also summarized in two position statements on value-added models (VAMs) released by the American Statistical Association last April (to read about their top 10 concerns/warnings, click here) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) last month (to read about their top 6 concerns/warnings, click here).