I’m in my room in D.C. just hanging out and excited about being here for the SOS conference. Relaxing ya know. I decided to do a little Twitter surfing and ended up reading about the 98 D.C. teachers fired for poor performance based on their IMPACT scores.
IMPACT is the system of evaluation (based on the junk science of Value Added Measures) that was put in place by the former D.C. Chancellor that supposedly used tape in the past to “quiet” students down and doesn’t like “crappie” teachers. Yes the “Radical” Michelle Rhee still haunts the D.C. public schools. And as much as there is to say about the disaster she created what struck me from the article was this,
“The union has made a concerted effort to help teachers navigate the system, coaching about 800 members in IMPACT courses over the past two years.”
Really? The Union representing teachers in D.C. is teaching D.C. teachers how to literally teach to the test—IMPACT.
Can anyone say Campbell’s Law?
“The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.”
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