Whether it's No Child Left Behind or Obama's Race to the Top, our teachers are measured these days on how successfully they teach to standardized tests. A study on the long-term value of teachers reported in the New York Times raises questions about our country's approach to education. Find out ways to localize the study for your town.
The study linked test scores with teachers to measure a teacher's value. Students of high-value teachers were:
Sounds impressive, right? But the study -- in order to measure long-term effects -- started back in the 1990s and followed kids into their late 20s. That means the tests were given before the pressure was on to measure performance, according to the New York Times story. How would kids do in today's stressful testing environment? We'll have to wait and see.
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