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How Fraudulent is Florida’s VAM Scheme?

Books are Enough

In Florida, VAM scores are a huge part of the way teachers are evaluated. Under new law, teachers can be fired for having low evaluations. What are VAM scores based on? They are based on test scores.  Let me show you how VAM scores are immoral, unethical and invalid. I will use a real life example. There are many different ways to show how VAM scores are invalid and simply political cudgels, but here is one.

Last year a student slept for most of the testing and got the lowest possible score that would qualify to count. You need to attempt a certain percentage of questions for a valid score. This student was going through a wild time at home due to divorce and several other issues. The teacher who had this student was punished on their VAM score as the student dropped a lot. This student wrote that they just…

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