EVAAS http://wunc.org en Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model http://wunc.org/post/ranking-teachers-nc-bets-big-complicated-stats-model <p>Next month, a million or so North Carolina public-school students between third and twelfth grade will start taking tests. Lots of them. Reading and math tests for the younger kids; biology, Algebra, and English for the older kids.</p><p>Their scores will be tabulated and run through some servers at SAS Institute, a private company in Cary. There, software called <a href="http://www.sas.com/en_us/industry/k-12-education/evaas.html">EVAAS </a>will compare the test score the student earned to one a statistical model predicted the student should get.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:56:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33382 at http://wunc.org Ranking Teachers: NC Bets Big On A Complicated Stats Model Waiting For Super Geek http://wunc.org/post/waiting-super-geek <p></p><p></p><p>This is a period of unrivaled education reform. Charter schools, teacher merit pay, diversity policies -&nbsp;all efforts to improve what many see as a failing public school system. But every effort needs evidence as to whether it is working. Much of it comes from standardized testing. That puts even more emphasis on the most effective way to analyze the growing amount of data. The information is being used in all kinds of ways, from what classes a student takes to teacher merit pay and, in some cases, termination. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 9096 at http://wunc.org Waiting For Super Geek