Labor Day Thoughts: Can Teachers’ Work Be Fairly Evaluated by a Computer Model?

07 Sep

The court case that might determine the future of more than 3 million teachers, their famlies and 50 million American children. Will our children be turned into corporate controlled robots or be allowed to grow up as unique individuals?

Diane Ravitch's blog

You are surely familiar with Sheri Lederman. She is a fourth-grade teacher in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, whose “growth” scores dropped inexplicably from 14 of 20 to only 1 of 20 in a single year, causing her to be labeled “ineffective” on that measure. The score was assigned by a computer, which compared the growth of students in her class to avatar students in other parts of the state. The assumption is that children are inanimate objects that can be shaped and compelled to increase their standardized test scores. The computer is, in this case, at odds with Sheri’s principal, superintendent, parents, and former students.

Sheri’s husband Bruce Lederman is a lawyer. They decided not to accept this slap in the face to a teacher who had served with distinction for nearly 20 years. Bruce sued and the case was recently heard in state supreme court in Albany.

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