Irony of ironies — brilliant math teacher Carolyn Abbott was driven from the classroom where she excels teaching G&T middle schoolers advanced algebra by a rating as the "worst 8th grade math teacher in NYC." She's now pursuing a PhD in mathematics so she can teach at the university level. How could "value-added measurement" (VAM) be any more wrong or useless?
The Worst 8th Grade Math Teacher In New York City
The state tests, she believes, are poorly equipped to assess real mathematical knowledge, especially for high-performing students. "They're so basic; they ask you to explain things that are obvious if you're three years ahead," she says. The Anderson students "understand it at a different level. The…