Los Angeles teachers rated on effectiveness by the LA Times respond to the value-added evaluations. Some teachers are pleased to be recognized as effective; others feel their hard work and commitment has been disrespected.
Here’s a link to all the teacher responses.
Many teachers do not understand value-added analysis: They think they’re being judged on students’ scores, not on whether students performed as well in their class as they did in previous years.
A few teachers raised real issues: The data may ignore team teaching, the availability of tutoring or the presence of exceptionally disruptive students who make it much harder for their classmates to progress. Teachers with very high-scoring students may not be able to show improvement.