An unintended consequence of value-added teacher evaluation. – V. Strauss.

Strauss, Valerie.  ”An unintended consequence of value-added teacher evaluation.”  Washington Post.  April 29, 2012.  Retrieved from:

An email from a trigonometry teacher in NY brings up the fact that higher level students may want to challenge themselves however if a lower score on a more difficult test makes the teacher look bad they may decide they are better off not challenging the students.

So, the teachers now have an incentive to prevent students from challenging themselves and trying higher level math. After all, if they challenge themselves but don’t do well on the exam, it hurts the teacher more than the student.

The higher the stakes of the test the more the testing becomes a deterrent to learning.


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