The “Brave New World” of Teacher Evaluation | Eclectablog

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Mitchell Robinson has posted a new item, ‘The “Brave New World” of Teacher Evaluation’, at Eclectablog

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Just when you think the masters of the universe who run the corporate reform movement can’t be even more clueless, you catch wind of the newest effort to turn education into a profit-generating endeavor–this time, a hare-brained scheme to evaluate student teachers, by…and I swear I’m not making this up…observing them as they pretend to teach…wait for it…a fake “classroom” of avatars, in a virtual reality environment.

Avatars. Avatars! AVATARS!!!!!

Don’t believe it?

Neither did I until I took a look at the new “National Observational Teaching Exam,” or NOTE, brought to you by the Educational Testing Service (ETS)–the same company that brings us the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the SAT, the PRAXIS tests, the AP Exams, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

NOTE works like this: a teacher candidate (student teacher) “teaches” a sample lesson for 6-7 minutes using a…

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