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Media: Former LA Times Journo Bashes LATVAM

image from 2.bp.blogspot.com Most journalists are distressingly reluctant to criticize each other but there are, luckily, a few brave folks willing to police their own.  Here, former LA Times guy Bill Boyarsky destroys his old paper's decision to publish teachers' performance ratings and its justifications for doing so:  "From the powerful first story featuring two “least effective” teachers to the posted data base of the elementary teachers’ scores, the package suggests that that value-added was the decisive factor in the Times evaluation of teachers. In fact, the construction and play of the stories and the charts told readers that this was THE evaluation." (Accuracy and disclosure: the issues in values-added dispute LA Observed).  At heart, it's really that simple.


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