Value Added Modeling
Date: September 12, 2011
The use of value-added modeling (VAM) in school accountability is expanding.
However, trying to decide how to embrace VAM can be rather nettlesome. Some
experts claim it is "too unreliable," causes "more harm than good," and has "a
big margin for error"; while other experts assert VAM is "imperfect, but useful"
and provides "valuable feedback."
This webinar covers the rationale of using VAM in school accountability systems, the underlying statistical assumptions of the models, the reliability of VAM's estimates, and the validity of the inferences commonly made based on the estimates of VAM. The webinar concludes with a discussion on the perverse incentives, unintended consequences, and gaming that might accompany accountability systems that put too much weight on VAM estimates.
- Download Presentation Slides: Value-Added Modeling: Rationale, Promises, Perils (MS PowerPoint – .7MB; 48 pages)
- Listen to the audio from the webinar
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Date last updated: September 16, 2011