More recently the State Department and BESE are required to make a report to the Legislature on the new teacher evaluation program which includes the controversial VAM component. Last year the report appropriately described the stability or reliability of VAM by giving statistics on how consistent the VAM was in identifying teachers as being ineffective from year to year. The data showed huge changes from year to year even if teachers taught exactly the same way each year. Now the new report approved this month by BESE muddies the narrative by changing the report to include irrelevant data. Here is an analysis of the new report by Wayne Free who is the Assistant Executive Director for Instructional and Professional Development for the LAE.
BESE Ratifies Report Designed to Mislead the Legislature
Louisiana Association of Educators
For my readers who prefer a multimedia presentation, I offer the following superb 5 minute video created by Herb Bassett: