Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know (Paperback)Douglas N. Harris (foreword)
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In Value-Added Measures in Education, economist and education researcher Douglas N. Harris takes on one of the most hotly debated topics in education. Drawing on his extensive work with schools and districts, he sets out to help educators and policy makers understand this innovative approach to assessment. Written in straightforward language and illustrated with actual student achievement data, this essential volume shows how value-added measurement can help schools make better use of their data and discusses the strengths and limitations of this approach.
Publisher: Harvard Educational Publishing Group
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"Value-Added Measures"in Education offers an important paradigm shift in our understanding of how federally mandated test data should be used. Currently test data is used to compare different cohorts of students to one another. Harris shows that we will be able to meet students needs better if we place our focus on individual students learning year to year. Christine A. Erickson, elementary teacher, Stoughton Area School District, Stoughton, Wisconsin
Doug Harris s book provides a clear explanation of value-added models and their potential value in improving education for the nation s children. While neither advocates nor critics of value-added models will find that the book totally supports their position, members of both camps will learn a great deal from it."Value-Added Measures in Education"provides thoughtful, constructive advice about a host of practical issues that confront educators who implement this approach to accountability. The recommendations that conclude the book reflect the best available research knowledge and, most important, are sensible and actionable. Richard J. Murnane, Thompson Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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