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Houston Teachers Allege Unfair Evaluation Methods

Andrew Dewey, who earned the top merit pay award at his school district in 2011-12, is joining six other teachers who, along with the Houston Federation of Teachers, are filing a lawsuit in federal court. The lawsuit claims that the Houston Independent School District uses a flawed method of evaluation teachers based on students' standardized test scores. This method, known as the Educational Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS), is  "inaccurate and unfair," according to an article in the Washington Post

After earning a merit pay award as one of the district's highest-performing teachers, Dewey's next rating (under EVAAS) indicated that he "made no detectable difference for his students," said the Post

Dewey says the use of the EVAAS has "devastated employee morale."

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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