Brief of Professors of Education Law and Educational Measurement in Support of Appellants

48 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2014

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Scott R. Bauries

University of Kentucky College of Law

Brian Sutherland

Buckley Law Firm

Cheryl Legare

Buckley Law Firm

Date Written: September 12, 2014

Abstract

This appeal, to be decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, challenges two egregious misuses of "value-added modeling," a controversial teacher evaluation method that attempts to isolate the affect of one teacher on the learning gains of that teacher's students, as derived from annual standardized test scores. With the approval of the State Appellees, the School District Appellees used the test scores of students who took the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in reading and math to evaluate the teaching performance of teachers who either did not teach these students at all, or did not teach them the tested curriculum. Amici, who are experts in education, education law, and educational measurement, file this brief to assist the Court in understanding how irrational these uses of value-added modeling are. The uses challenged here contradict the very purpose of using value-added modeling in the first place. In addition, they completely lack scholarly support, and they undermine, rather than further, the state's avowed purpose in evaluating its teachers -- to incentivize the evaluated teachers to improve their teaching, and thereby improve student achievement.

Suggested Citation

Bauries, Scott R. and Sutherland, Brian and Legare, Cheryl, Brief of Professors of Education Law and Educational Measurement in Support of Appellants (September 12, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2495759 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2495759

Scott R. Bauries (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky College of Law ( email )

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Brian Sutherland

Buckley Law Firm ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30309
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Cheryl Legare

Buckley Law Firm ( email )

1230 Peachtree Street Northeast
Promenade, Suite 900
Atlanta, GA 30309
United States

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