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Dear Members of the Education Committee,
We believe that professional educators deserve an evaluation plan that is fair and yields valid results with total transparency. Since 2011, the great state of Louisiana has utilized the “Value-Added Model,” also known as VAM. This model is unreliable and invalid. It has resulted in hundreds of quality educators being terminated, or choosing to leave the profession, because they were unjustly labeled as “ineffective.”
We urge you to consider the bills before you that redesign the teacher evaluation plan using multiple forms of measurement with no more than 25% of an evaluation determined by student performance. In addition, removing all references to “value-added” would make the statement that Louisiana rejects the use of VAM to evaluate its teachers.