Leading Economist: Gates Value-Added Research Deeply Flawed, Ignores Its Own Data


NEA Today’s Kevin Hart reports on warnings from one of the nation’s leading economists that the Gates Foundation’s study on value-added teacher evaluations is deeply flawed.

One of the country’s leading economists is warning that a Gates Foundation study on value-added teacher evaluation not only fails to meet key academic standards, but that it dangerously misinterprets its own data.

Last month, the Gates Foundation released the first report of the Measures of Effective Teaching project, and the report claimed to find strong evidence for a value-added teacher evaluation model, where teachers are evaluated based on student progress on standardized tests.

But a report by University of California at Berkeley economist Jesse Rothstein, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and a former senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers, found that the report was based on flawed research and conclusions that were contradicted by the study’s own data.

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