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What About Curriculum Effects?


Barak Rosenshine assumes that the Math standardized achievement tests were equally fair to the two curricula. Such tests are usually planned to be independent of particular curricula but there is always a risk that they are not. How recently were the tests standarized? How new were the two curricula? Maybe newer "fashions" in curriculum inclusions render particular older standarized tests inappropriate. Pity the poor teachers who risk victimization due to these types of mismatches!

All well and good, but I don't see the effect of curricula significant for using value-added in teacher evaluation. Teachers are evaluated within administrative unit contexts (school, or school district) and those have uniform curricula throughout. And if a teacher uses his or her own curriculum instead of the school-wide or district-wide, I see no reason why he or she should not be held responsible for that selection too. But I would like very much to see also whole schools and whole school-districts held accountable for their unit-wide value-added scores. Perhaps this will finally induce them to pay attention to selecting effective curricula, rather than running after some fashionable curriculum du jour.


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