Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:

I’m am reposting my Opt Out Chronicles here.  As we move into opt out season I’m hoping that anybody considering opt out will find these re posts valuable.


Last March I went to my local school board to voice my concerns about the announcement that my home state of Pennsylvania planned on using student test score data in future teacher evaluations. I spoke about the problems using Value Added Measures and then asked what our board planned to do? If you remember the board responded by releasing crickets.

However, I did find out that the superintendent released a memo to the school community later that week (I guess I am not a member of this community since I did not get one). In the memo the superintendent stated that I was right but since this was a state mandate there was nothing to be done. This was a matter…

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