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New York State Education Department Issues Statement Disparaging Opt Outs as Meaningless

April 21, 2015

When I read that SED would have the final word, I expected they would be “…determined to do the wrong thing with or without adequate data.” After all, if you buy into a statistically flawed model from the outset why would a flaw in the sample size deter you? It’s like a 6 year old who wants to believe in Santa Claus and keeps using their imagination to explain away the preposterousness of the notion that an old man and a team of reindeer can deliver presents to everyone in the world…

Diane Ravitch's blog

In the midst of a story about a teacher who walked 150 miles to deliver a letter to Governor Cuomo, there was mention of a statement about the opt outs by the State Education Department.

Basically the SED said that the opt outs will not derail its determination to rate teachers based on test scores.

The State Education Department released a statement saying, “We are confident the Department will be able to generate a representative sample of students who took the test, generate valid scores for anyone who took the test, and calculate valid State-provided growth scores to be used in teacher evaluations.”

The SED did not say how it will generate valid ratings for teachers whose students opted out, especially in districts where the majority of students did so; nor did it say how it would generation valid ratings for the 70% teachers who don’t teach the tested subjects…

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