tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-735457929442207564.post3596638050193047346..comments2023-05-15T03:03:01.120-07:00Comments on Erik Seligman on Education: "You Can't Measure Teacher Performance"erik seligmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13081739911203981726noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-735457929442207564.post-31896944387001920752009-08-15T15:30:32.826-07:002009-08-15T15:30:32.826-07:00Hi "Math Teacher"-- Glad to see people ...Hi "Math Teacher"-- Glad to see people are still interested in what I wrote, even though I lost!<br /><br />As for your point: I agree, it would be unfair to compare those students to well-prepared students. <br /><br />*But*-- I think it would be fair to compare them to a class of similarly-prepared students taught Algebra 2 by another teacher. <br /><br />In other words, with careful work, assuming you're not the only teacher stuck with such a group (and I can assure you you're not!), fair measures can be prepared.erik seligmanhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13081739911203981726noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-735457929442207564.post-67691332928474461702009-08-13T23:13:23.176-07:002009-08-13T23:13:23.176-07:00Eric, I am an electrical engineer (no longer prac...Eric, I am an electrical engineer (no longer practicing)and now a secondary high school math teacher for the past 9 years. I find that increasingly, more students enter my math class without the proper mastery of essential skills for success. For example, if I were to give a 5th grade test to my algebra 2 classes on operations and understanding of ratios in all its forms (arithmetic with fractions, decimals, and percents), well over 75% would achieve a score below 50%. With this kind of input, I would argue that it would be quite unfair to measure what these students have learned in an Algebra 2 class.Math Teacher Central Valley CAhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06289672000189357219noreply@blogger.com