Irony of ironies — brilliant math teacher Carolyn Abbott was driven from the cl…

Irony of ironies — brilliant math teacher Carolyn Abbott was driven from the classroom where she excels teaching G&T middle schoolers advanced algebra by a rating as the "worst 8th grade math teacher in NYC." She's now pursuing a PhD in mathematics so she can teach at the university level. How could "value-added measurement" (VAM) be any more wrong or useless?


The Worst 8th Grade Math Teacher In New York City
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The state tests, she believes, are poorly equipped to assess real mathematical knowledge, especially for high-performing students. "They're so basic; they ask you to explain things that are obvious if you're three years ahead," she says. The Anderson students "understand it at a different level. The…