Hard-Working Teachers, Sabotaged When Student Test Scores Slip. – M. Winerip

Winerip, Michael.  “Hard-Working Teachers, Sabotaged When Student Test Scores Slip.”  New York Times.  March 4, 2012.  Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/nyregion/in-brooklyn-hard-working-teachers-sabotaged-when-student-test-scores-slip.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&hpw

The reporter writes about highly qualified and hard-working fifth grade teachers in NYC who were ranked near the bottom of the New York Value-Added rating system because three students scored a 2 out of 4 instead of a three.

For 15 years, Anna Allanbrook has been the principal of Public School 146 in Brooklyn, one of the highest-achieving elementary schools in the city. In that time, she has never had a more talented and hard-working bunch than the current team of fifth-grade teachers. The five have lunch together daily, using the time to plan. They stay until 7 p.m. on Fridays to prepare for the following week. On Thursday night, most of them helped at the science invention fair until it was past 8 p.m.

The difference between 89 percent and 97 percent proficiency at P.S. 146 is the result of three children scoring a 2 out of 4 instead of a 3 out of 4.

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