Saturday, January 22, 2011

Harvard group to evaluate IMPACT

George Parker's Response if he signed off on Roland Fryer to conduct the IMPACT review:

FYI. Bill Turque's article on January 20th indicating that I signed -off on a mutually agreed group/person to conduct the independent evaluation of IMPACT is incorrect. I did not sign -off of any such group and please spread the word. I spoke with Turque and he has agreed to post a correction. In addition to speaking with him tonight, I carrfollowed up with the email below.




Your article on January 20th contained incorrect information regarding my signing off on a mutually agreeable person/group to conduct the independent evaluation of IMPACT prior to leaving office. When I left office, the WTU and DCPS had not yet signed off on any person/group to conduct the independent evaluation. I request that you correct this misinformation immediately as no such sign-off occurred. Please feel free to contact me on my cell if you need to discuss further.

Your immediate action is requested.

George Parker
Former, WTU President


Harvard group to evaluate IMPACT
By Bill Turque

The Harvard think tank that experimented with paying D.C. middle schoolers for good grades and behavior will also study the IMPACT teacher evaluation system. DCPS confirmed late Wednesday that the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University, aka EdLabs, is the mutual selection of the District and the Washington Teachers' Union to conduct an independent evaluation of the evaluation. EdLabs is headed by Roland G. Fryer Jr., the economics professor who has been studying the effects of cash awards on students in D.C., Chicago, Dallas and New York. Read DC School's Insider blog

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